Blizzard Teases the Next Overwatch Hero

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Blizzard Teases the Next Overwatch Hero

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An interesting new post possibly teases new Overwatch hero.

Yesterday, Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan gave a little tease [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/169587-New-Overwatch-Hero-Coming-Maybe-Not-Doomfist#&gid=gallery_6948&pid=1] on Overwatch's next hero - specifically, he said "24 is not who you think it is." For anyone not keeping up with the forums, most people were expecting Doomfist to be the next character released, but Kaplan reiterated that the team typically has multiple heroes in the works at any given time.

Today, Blizzard released what appears to be an in-game article [https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/blog/20580087] that features an interview with a young girl from Numbani who has just received a grant for her work "in robotics and artificial intelligence," all of which was achieved by age eleven.

The girl, Efi Oladele, received a "genius grant," and when asked what she planned to do with the money she received, said simply "Oh... I have an idea..." and "it's a secret for now." She does mention building drones and wanting to "create things that make our lives better," adding that her dream is "to build something that can keep us safe."

It's not immediately clear when this interview takes place when compared to the in-game timeline, so it's possible that Efi has aged since the interview, possibly setting the stage for a new builder. It's also possible that one of her creations will be the new character, perhaps a new tank. It seems less likely that Blizzard would include an eleven-year-old character, but we aren't ruling anything out, and there's always the potential for her fighting remotely by controlling something she's created. Either way, I'm sure we'll be hearing more soon enough.

In other Overwatch news, Season 3 of Competitive Play ends tonight [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/169599-Season-3-of-Overwatch-Ends-Today#&gid=gallery_6961&pid=1] at 7pm ET, and Season 4 is set to kick off at 7pm ET on February 28.

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I hope it's a robot and not another woman, we've had two of them already.
 

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Two things are off about this, she's an 11 year old (which I doubt Blizz would let us gun down) and the fact that she was announced in such a mundane fashion. I think she's related to the next hero but not actually one herself.

Could be wrong though, I mean she could be piloting a drone or something (to similar to D. Va?). If she is a new hero, I'd hope for another builder. Those types are always my favorite.

EDIT: Kinda reiterated the OP. Guess I should read before I post. Haha
 

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SirSullymore said:
Two things are off about this, she's 11 (which I doubt Blizz would let us gun down) and the fact that she was announced in such a mundane fashion. I think she's related to the next hero but not actually one herself.

Could be wrong though, I mean she could be piloting a drone or something (to similar to D. Va?). If she is a new hero, I'd hope for another builder. Those types are always my favorite.
She does kind of remind me of when a little kid sent in a crayon drawing of a hero and Blizzard made a fully designed concept art of her.

http://cdn2.ubergizmo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/overwatch-concept-640x640.jpg

They look around the same age, so I can see them designing a kid...on the other hand, the "building something to keep us safe" line makes me think that she might be the creator of the next hero. We only have two robots and one of them is essentially a level 3 sentry with legs, so that'd be nice.
 

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Considering the internet's...ahem..."passion" for R34 regarding this game, I'd have to doubt that Blizzard would add in an 11 year old character.

Other than that: great, that's just what we need: another (potential) turret builder...
 

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I don't play Overwatch but I do want to see more robot characters... but not a support one though.

RJ 17 said:
Considering the internet's...ahem..."passion" for R34 regarding this game, I'd have to doubt that Blizzard would add in an 11 year old character.
Too late. It exists, therefore the rule applies.
 

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I really hope it's another tank with real shielding abilities (to keep us safe...), Reinhardt and Zarya could use some competition. I'm a fan of what little character design we've seen of her, but something tells me she's not going to be the main hero, or maybe she's controlling or communicating with something remotely.
 

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Aerosteam said:
I don't play Overwatch but I do want to see more robot characters... but not a support one though.

RJ 17 said:
Considering the internet's...ahem..."passion" for R34 regarding this game, I'd have to doubt that Blizzard would add in an 11 year old character.
Too late. It exists, therefore the rule applies.
Ecks said:
I hope it's a robot and not another woman, we've had two of them already.
I'd kinda love a drone character, with perhaps holographic projections/voiceover being provided by Efi remotely for inter character banter, emotes and highlight intros maybe.

EDIT:

Some people have noted that the 'successor' silhouette in the doomfist display is quasi robotic...

Maybe we ARE getting Doomfist, but Efi's Robot Doomfist.
 

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Windknight said:
Aerosteam said:
I don't play Overwatch but I do want to see more robot characters... but not a support one though.

RJ 17 said:
Considering the internet's...ahem..."passion" for R34 regarding this game, I'd have to doubt that Blizzard would add in an 11 year old character.
Too late. It exists, therefore the rule applies.
Ecks said:
I hope it's a robot and not another woman, we've had two of them already.
I'd kinda love a drone character, with perhaps holographic projections/voiceover being provided by Efi remotely for inter character banter, emotes and highlight intros maybe.

EDIT:

Some people have noted that the 'successor' silhouette in the doomfist display is quasi robotic...

Maybe we ARE getting Doomfist, but Efi's Robot Doomfist.
I like the ideas you have there! Hope that's what they are doing :D
 

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There's a rumor flying around the Battle.net forums that she's going to be remote piloting some sort of 4-legged spider bot that plays similar to Rein.

If that's really true, D.Va just lost her claim as my favourite tank.
 

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Yeah things would be veeeery uncomfortable if you had a child character killing/getting killed.

On the other hand, you got Li Li from Heroes of the Storm who is a child, and she can get gunned, sliced, diced, and, depending on the enemy team set up, beaten to death by her uncle.

Sooooo yeaaaah... No more of that please.
 

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If it's a remote piloted drone, I hope she talks shit through a speaker.
RJ 17 said:
Considering the internet's...ahem..."passion" for R34 regarding this game, I'd have to doubt that Blizzard would add in an 11 year old character.
Too late. Already exists.
 

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I really don't like the face paint. It makes it look like her ability is going to be beating a drum and doing the Africa face.


I'm sure people in super advanced future Africa totally wear tribal body paint. Could Blizzard stereotype any harder?
 

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I remember a datamined voiceline of D.Va, saying something about a bigger mech, though I can't remember the exact wording. Was found around the time of Sombra's release and I'd be very surprised if it was not related to this.
There was also a leak/rumour about a quadruped robot that occupies a similar role to Reinhardt.
 

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Anyone find it odd that she's (as far as I'm aware) the only character to come from a fictional country? Why not make her Nigerian or something?
 

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CCLegion said:
I remember a datamined voiceline of D.Va, saying something about a bigger mech, though I can't remember the exact wording. Was found around the time of Sombra's release and I'd be very surprised if it was not related to this.
There was also a leak/rumour about a quadruped robot that occupies a similar role to Reinhardt.
I believe you get variations on that as D.Va on Volskaya, and an exchange between D.Va and Zarya in reference to the old Russian mechs.

maninahat said:
Anyone find it odd that she's (as far as I'm aware) the only character to come from a fictional country? Why not make her Nigerian or something?
Numbani is a city though.
 

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maninahat said:
Anyone find it odd that she's (as far as I'm aware) the only character to come from a fictional country? Why not make her Nigerian or something?
Overwatch lore follows the logical extension of our future: Africa gets recolonized.
 

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still prefer doomfist but as long as it's not another turret builder, i don't mind...but something tells me this might be a red herring, i'm happy to be wrong though here

my guess, she will feature in the next movie as a supporting character while it introduces doomfist (I'm hoping its the theory that its going to be the kid from the first clip, but meh i can dream)
 

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McElroy said:
maninahat said:
Anyone find it odd that she's (as far as I'm aware) the only character to come from a fictional country? Why not make her Nigerian or something?
Overwatch lore follows the logical extension of our future: Africa gets recolonized.
More like it's been spared a lot of the devastation of the Omni Crisis due to having a lower manufacturing base.

Which, like the US after the world wars, would put African nations in a prime position to capitalize on helping other nations rebuild.
 

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Lemme guess. The new hero will have a shielding ability on a 10 second cooldown that shields their entire team from infinite damage for 5 seconds, no matter where they are on the map, and it tops their health up in the process.
And their ult is just a cod-style tactical nuke that insta-kills the entire enemy team no matter where they are on the map and no matter how much shielding/health they have.

Either that or the new hero will have a feather duster for a weapon, and will fall over and collapse whenever someone so much as sneezes too strongly in their general direction.

It's either one or the other. If Blizzard's track record for new hero game balance is anything to go by, either the new hero will be absolutely overpowered to the point of absurdity, or they will be underpowered to the point of embarrassment. NOTHING in between.
 

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altnameJag said:
McElroy said:
maninahat said:
Anyone find it odd that she's (as far as I'm aware) the only character to come from a fictional country? Why not make her Nigerian or something?
Overwatch lore follows the logical extension of our future: Africa gets recolonized.
More like it's been spared a lot of the devastation of the Omni Crisis due to having a lower manufacturing base.

Which, like the US after the world wars, would put African nations in a prime position to capitalize on helping other nations rebuild.
That's not exactly what I meant. Overwatch has characters from countries that are presently classed as developing nations (China, India, Brazil etc.), I'm wondering the decision.
 

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Windknight said:
Numbani is a city though.
It has its own flag, and was established after the Omnic Crisis. Far as I can tell, it's a city-state.

altnameJag said:
More like it's been spared a lot of the devastation of the Omni Crisis due to having a lower manufacturing base.
Think that'll be true 30 years from now? At the least, it is confirmed that Egypt was a battlefield, and like every other country, suffered heavily.

maninahat said:
That's not exactly what I meant. Overwatch has characters from countries that are presently classed as developing nations (China, India, Brazil etc.), I'm wondering the decision.
Considering that Overwatch takes place 60 years into the future, how much of that will still be true is iffy. Flavor lore does imply that Brazil is still a developing nation, while India is relatively well off, even though both were battlefields during the Omnic Crisis.
 

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Hawki said:
altnameJag said:
More like it's been spared a lot of the devastation of the Omni Crisis due to having a lower manufacturing base.
Think that'll be true 30 years from now? At the least, it is confirmed that Egypt was a battlefield, and like every other country, suffered heavily.
I find if more plausible than "we're going to recolonize Africa", yeah. Not saying they didn't get hit by the Omnic crisis, but it stands to reason that the folks who got hit hardest would be, ironically, the ones with the larger military industrial complexes, due to them having the facilities to build the larger, more complex, and more dangerous omnics. African nations, perhaps unfairly, aren't known for their manufacturing bases or technological prowess. And while geographically Egypt is in Africa, it's generally considered a middle eastern nation.
 

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Lizzy Finnegan said:
The girl, Efi Oladele, received a "genius grant," and when asked what she planned to do with the money she received, said simply "Oh... I have an idea..." and "it's a secret for now."
Lady, that is not how grants work. You don't just take a sack of money from an institute somewhere and say "Oh, I've got some secret ideas for all of this." Universities want to know what their grant money is going to do! So it doesn't go into hookers and blow! For a preteen girl! Kinda wishing I hadn't thought of that now!

THIS IS WHY YOU KEEP TRACK OF GRANT MONEY PEOPLE
 

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What is the utility to make a news with each new update or person of a particular game?



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