Rumour has it that the next Overwatch [official site] character will be a support sniper, but you won’t have to wait much longer to find out for certain. The next hero will be revealed at San Diego Comic-Con on July 21.
Blizzard developers are hosting a panel titled “Behind the Scenes of Overwatch’s Newest Hero”, so they’re being pretty direct about it. Here’s the full description from Comic-Con:
“Blizzard developers James Waugh (director of story & creative development), Michael Chu (senior designer, Overwatch), and Arnold Tsang (assistant art director, Overwatch) present a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of developing the art, design, and story for Overwatch’s newest hero. Q&A session moderated by Kim Phan (senior manager, esports).”
Blizzard haven’t been shy, dropping generous hints on the upcoming hero, who’s rumored to be a medic/sniper named Sombra. YouTuber Arekkz does a good job summing up all of the hints unearthed thus far in one tidy little video:
Players found character files on the Dorado map for Soldier 76, Jack Morrison, and the mysterious Sombra. Exploring further afield, Easter Eggs including a newspaper clipping about Sombra and photos of an elusive hooded figure turned up. All of these clues have stirred up quite a few fan theories, the most popular being that Sombra was a soldier in the same battle that defeated Soldier 76 and Reaper. Players turned super sleuths were especially delighted when a photo of a new sniper rifle popped up on the Overwatch Twitter account:
[ARCHIVE] Communications Records of Ziegler, A. – Overwatch File 00231 – Security Classification: CONFIDENTIAL pic.twitter.com/UzJ8XAcRJ2
— Overwatch (@OverwatchEU) July 6, 2016
Looking at the picture more closely, you can see that the rifle was designed by Torbjörn and Mercy. The notes suggest the gun was originally meant to be a biotic device before Torbjörn revamped it into a sniper rifle. The weapon is solely intended for healing, although Mercy expresses her concerns over the rifle becoming “weaponized”. All signs point to a healing support character with sniper capabilities.