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(05-19-2016, 03:37 PM)
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Blizzard is currently teasing a new short about Soldier 76 that takes places on Dorado for Monday.

However, as part of this, a French theater chain put out a teaser image claiming that a new hero would be unveiled.

The theater has since claimed this is a case of egregious typos or whatever and definitely not true, but for the sake of discussion, let's say they're lying and look at who it is most likely to be.

To note, I didn't come up with any of this, but am just compiling this here in story format because it's more fun. The links are all at the bottom, with images embedded as we go.

1.) Blizzard has said they're currently testing two new heroes, and implied they're either a Support and a Tank or two Supports.

2.) The map this short takes place on is Dorado. This gives us our first clue. Way back in November, people noticed that there's a table in Dorado with files for Soldier 76/Jack Morrison and Sombra. Given Soldier 76 is Jack Morrison, this only leaves the mysterious Sombra file, which would fit with a Soldier 76 vs. Sombra animated short.

As an addendum, it's worth noting they've teased unreleased characters in maps before, such as D.Va on Hanamura:

3.) As new maps were added into the game during the Spring, pictures of a mysterious hooded figure, sometimes with the name Sombra attached, started appearing in other new maps such as Route 66, and we started getting a much better picture of her:





4.) Reaper has a dialog line that says "Where is Sombra when you need her?" This implies she's a field agent and presumably a villain, something the game is rather low on (there are only five right now between Reaper, Widowmaker, Junkrat, Roadhog, and Symmetra).

5.) In the first GameSpot Overwatch video, there's a sniper scope with a similar symbol to the one on Sombra's mask.



6.) In a later GameSpot video (I think), they really messed up and actually have her in the character selection screen and you can see she's in the Support section.

7.) And today, Blizzard put up a teaser for their Soldier 76 video saying it takes place on Dorado, and someone who is very plausibly Sombra is in the teaser image.



8.) Some people seem to think that Sombra is Pharah's mother given she has some similar clothing elements like the jacket collar and is also a sniper. Pharah's mother is supposed to have died at some point in the past, but Jack Morrison (Soldier 76) and Gabriel Reyes (Reaper) were also supposed to have died in Overwatch's civil war, so it's entirely plausible she """died""" in the same event. It's worth noting that Reaper wears his exact same old outfit, but with a black trench coat and mask added, and it's very Blizzard like to use the exact same plot gimmick on three separate characters, so this isn't an entirely implausible theory. I've included an image of the old Overwatch group below if you want to make comparisons.

References:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Overwatch/c...upport_sniper/
https://www.reddit.com/r/Overwatch/c...oldier76_will/
http://glemda.com/overwatch/future-h...r-easter-eggs/
https://www.reddit.com/r/Overwatch/c...ort_sniper_is/
https://www.reddit.com/r/Overwatch/c...lagship_power/
https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/blog/20119620
https://www.reddit.com/r/Overwatch/c...cement_at_the/

Edit:

Since people keep asking about Symmetra as a villain, see this comic:

https://comic.playoverwatch.com/en-u...a-better-world

As well as this statement from the game's director:

Jeff Kaplan: "Symmetra is kind of a villain, but she kind of thinks she’s doing the right thing."

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/featur...overwatch.aspx

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ElBoxyBrown
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(05-19-2016, 03:39 PM)
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Latina cyborg sniper?
MMaRsu
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(05-19-2016, 03:40 PM)
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Ohh man Sombra sounds cool af.

I also cannot WAIT for the little witch girl :D. At least I hope she's a hero. I believe she has a picture with her and Torbjőrn in a spawn ship with the baseketball hoop.
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(05-19-2016, 03:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by ElBoxyBrown

Latina cyborg sniper?

Well, Sombra is Spanish for Shadow, but if she's actually Pharah's mother just using a Spanish codename, then she'd be Egyptian.
CryptiK
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(05-19-2016, 03:40 PM)
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This was already debunked as a mistranslation by reddit 2 days ago.
RecRoulette
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(05-19-2016, 03:40 PM)
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Isn't it speculated that Sombra is Pharah's mother as well?

Originally Posted by CryptiK

This was already debunked as a mistranslation by reddit 2 days ago.

Welp.
orthodoxy1095
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(05-19-2016, 03:40 PM)
Damn, what a detailed write-up. Cannot wait.
TatteredHat
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Originally Posted by MMaRsu

Ohh man Sombra sounds cool af.

I also cannot WAIT for the little witch girl :D. At least I hope she's a hero. I believe she has a picture with her and Torbjőrn in a spawn ship with the baseketball hoop.

Isn't that just Mercy in a halloween outfit?

OT: Was already stated to be a mistranslation, so while it would be great I seriously doubt there'll be a new announcement on Monday. Having said that, the hero does look pretty damn cool, plus it'll be interesting to see how she works as a support.
Slate Soda
(05-19-2016, 03:40 PM)
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Really? Do we really need another sniper?

There better be a unique hook to this character because it doesn't sound good so far.

Edit: Wait Symmetra is a villain? Wut?
Vulcano's assistant
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(05-19-2016, 03:40 PM)
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if more allegedly dead relatives keep showing up then we are in a full on soap.
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(05-19-2016, 03:41 PM)
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Originally Posted by TatteredHat

Isn't that just Mercy in a halloween outfit?

Yeah it is. The pic was explained in Winston's video.
Impossiburu
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(05-19-2016, 03:41 PM)
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Next level detective shit, I love it. ENHANCE.

Blizzard's been pretty open about the fact that they're working on new heroes, though. Does a reveal next to the short make sense? Why burn that hype card when hype is already high enough?

Still awesome, though.
Kinyou
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(05-19-2016, 03:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by Vulcano's assistant

if more allegedly dead relatives keep showing up then we are in a full on soap.

We need more romance and cheating
MMaRsu
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(05-19-2016, 03:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by TatteredHat

Isn't that just Mercy in a halloween outfit?

Is it? If so I would be let down :(

Wait in what Winston vid is that explained? How did I miss this haha
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(05-19-2016, 03:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by CryptiK

This was already debunked as a mistranslation by reddit 2 days ago.

I addressed this in the OP!
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(05-19-2016, 03:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by Slate Soda

Really? Do we really need another sniper?

There better be a unique hook to this character because it doesn't sound good so far.

well if it is a support sniper, it has potential to be different enough from the rest and might be fun to play
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(05-19-2016, 03:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by MMaRsu

Is it? If so I would be let down :(

Hopefully it'll eventually appear as a Mercy skin at least.
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(05-19-2016, 03:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by Bulzeeb

well if it is a support sniper, it has potential to be different enough from the rest and might be fun to play

I'd hope so.
OldMuffin
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(05-19-2016, 03:43 PM)
Symmetra is a villian? :o when was that confirmed?
CryptiK
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Originally Posted by Nirolak

I addressed this in the OP!

I thought I'd put it down here for all the people who wont read that part.
Rocketz
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(05-19-2016, 03:43 PM)
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She looks like the Destiny hunter class.

I love it
chaobreaker
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Originally Posted by Nirolak

4.) Reaper has a dialog line that says "Where is Sombra when you need her?" This implies she's a field agent and presumably a villain, something the game is rather low on (there are only five right now between Reaper, Widowmaker, Junkrat, Roadhog, and Symmetra).



Symmetra's evil? I never got that from her.
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RecRoulette
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I'm guessing a support sniper would focus more like a recon character, focusing on tagging enemies. I don't know what else you add to that, airstrikes?

Originally Posted by chaobreaker

Symmetra's evil? I never got that from her.

She's basically a good person who is loyal to a terrible company (that will harm innocent people to get their way). Her comic has a bit more on that.
Asd202
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(05-19-2016, 03:44 PM)
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Hype.
Baloonatic
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Am I the only one who wished there were no snipers in online FPS games? :( Oh well.
kewlbot
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(05-19-2016, 03:44 PM)
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this hype is too much
the next couple of days are going to feel like forever
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(05-19-2016, 03:44 PM)
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Originally Posted by Slate Soda

Edit: Wait Symmetra is a villain? Wut?

Originally Posted by chaobreaker

Symmetra's evil? I never got that from her.

https://comic.playoverwatch.com/en-u...a-better-world

Also:

Jeff Kaplan, Game Director: "Symmetra is kind of a villain, but she kind of thinks she’s doing the right thing."

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/featur...overwatch.aspx

Garrett Hawke
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(05-19-2016, 03:44 PM)
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OMG pls

My frothing demand for this game increases
Dimitri LH
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Support Sniper you say.......hmmmm. im not a fan of Zenttaya (barely used him tbh, better change that) so having another support is good!
MMarston
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(05-19-2016, 03:45 PM)
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Originally Posted by Kinyou

We need more romance and cheating

Don't give fan artists any more ideas
ShadowSwordmaster
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(05-19-2016, 03:45 PM)
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This is cool to hear.
wapplew
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(05-19-2016, 03:46 PM)
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More support always better!
Eolz
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(05-19-2016, 03:46 PM)
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I like the design at least.
That Soldier 76 short looks ace too.
Mupod
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(05-19-2016, 03:46 PM)
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wow activision is gonna sue them for that blatant Destiny ripoff

I like playing a sniper and Zenyatta is my dude atm. This character might actually end up being more up my alley.
Farsi
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(05-19-2016, 03:46 PM)
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Turn on the ice machine and freeze me until monday pls
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Originally Posted by chaobreaker

Symmetra's evil? I never got that from her.

Welcome to my reality.
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(05-19-2016, 03:47 PM)
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Originally Posted by Impossiburu

Next level detective shit, I love it. ENHANCE.

Blizzard's been pretty open about the fact that they're working on new heroes, though. Does a reveal next to the short make sense? Why burn that hype card when hype is already high enough?

Still awesome, though.

It's not so much "next to the short" as much as "part of the short".

Originally Posted by Mupod

wow activision is gonna sue them for that blatant Destiny ripoff

Well I guess Activision Blizzard does sue their own deverlopers every so often...
ekim
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(05-19-2016, 03:47 PM)
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Another Sniper? Is Widowmaker also in the Support section?
Vulcano's assistant
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Originally Posted by Kinyou

We need more romance and cheating

Soldier 76: I am you father, Pharah!
Mercy: No, I AM!

dun dun dun
orthodoxy1095
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(05-19-2016, 03:48 PM)
Huh. The more I think about the concept of a supporting sniper, the more I like it. I wonder what her gimmicks will be.
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(05-19-2016, 03:48 PM)
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Originally Posted by ekim

Another Sniper? Is Widowmaker also in the Support section?

She's a defense hero, along with Hanzo.
DoublePayje
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(05-19-2016, 03:48 PM)

Originally Posted by ekim

Another Sniper? Is Widowmaker also in the Support section?

No she is defensive together with hanzo, mc cree is the third sniper and in offensive class.

@Nirolak: They announced that the current roster is final for release at blizzcon 2015. So when do you think sombra comes out? They will only tease her and then wait a couple of months i guess.
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The pharah's mother answer seems to be pretty likely. The name being spanish perhaps has more to do with her current affiliations and not her heritage.

Originally Posted by DoublePayje

No she is defensive together with hanzo, mc cree is the third sniper and in offensive class.

McCree is not considered a sniper. He is midrange at best.
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(05-19-2016, 03:48 PM)
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Lore in this game or pretty cool hope they add a campaign at some point
doctorblurg
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(05-19-2016, 03:49 PM)
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A support sniper would be cool maybe they fire out AOE buffs from a distance? Tuesday couldnt get here sooner jesus christ
Mupod
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Originally Posted by ekim

Another Sniper? Is Widowmaker also in the Support section?

the two existing snipers are under 'defense'. But I mean the archetypes don't always mean much, people play Hanzo/Junkrat on offense, Pharah works great on defense, D-Va is good at getting behind enemy lines etc.

Likewise Symmetra isn't a healer and is much closer to what Torbjorn is.
Asd202
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(05-19-2016, 03:50 PM)
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Wait so Sombra is a sniper in the same skit as Soldier 76? My money is on her being Pharah mom.

Edit:
Actually OP talks about this
CryptiK
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(05-19-2016, 03:50 PM)
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Originally Posted by Nirolak

https://comic.playoverwatch.com/en-u...a-better-world

Also:

Eh, sounds like an Anti Hero not a villain
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(05-19-2016, 03:50 PM)
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Originally Posted by doctorblurg

A support sniper would be cool maybe they fire out AOE buffs from a distance? Tuesday couldnt get here sooner jesus christ

How about if Tuesday arrives on Monday? https://twitter.com/Jaerock83/status/732402521243705345

Originally Posted by CryptiK

Eh, sounds like an Anti Hero not a villain

Well I mean most female villains in comic books are """villains""" so I don't think that's too shocking.

Even for this game, Widowmaker is supposedly brainwashed as well.
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Also worth noting that Support class currently has the fewest heroes, so if they're adding one, that class makes the most sense.

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