Hints alluding to a new Overwatch hero are picking up speed once again, with the latest one teasing that a fighter of Turkish descent will be joining the roster.
A recent post to the official Overwatch Twitter account details an after-action report of a declassified mission called Operation White Dome. The report is dictated by Ana Amari, the game’s healer sniper and first post-launch hero. In the summary, Ana describes how she and several other heroes took on a mission outside of Istanbul, Turkey, during which the team was ambushed. Two other characters on the mission were Tank hero Reinhardt and Defense hero Torbjorn, but the mission’s fourth participant, Emre Sarioglu, has seemingly never been referenced before now.
The transcribed after-action report can be found below.
Strike team under the command of myself, CAPTAIN ANA AMARI, was deployed to the outskirts of Istanbul, Turkey to deal with a remaining pocket of omnic resistance. Personnel included Lieutenant Reinhardt Wilhelm, Chief Engineer Torbjorn Lindholm, and Private First Class Emre Sarioglu. After routine insertion, the team was ambushed, taking heavy fire from the entrenched omnics. While the team was able to overcome and neutralize all hostile combatants without casualties, the battle resulted in serious injuries to Lindholm and lesser injury to Lt. Wilhelm. Had it not been for Lt. Wilhelm’s timely intervention, it is likely that Lindholm would have been killed. Due to conspicuous bravery on the part of Lt. Wilhelm, I am suggesting a commendation for his actions.
[DECLASSIFIED] After-Action Report: Operation “WHITE DOME” pic.twitter.com/fvnUQQEFDC
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) February 23, 2018
Not only did the mission take place in Turkey, but that is also where Private First Class Emre Sarioglu likely hails from, based on the Turkish origins of his name. This connection to the country may be the reason he was included on the mission. We currently know nothing about Sarioglu outside of his name and possible nationality, but it is just like Blizzard to slip idle hints about new characters into narrative content leading up to that character’s announcement. If this is the game’s next hero, game director Jeff Kaplan recently hinted that fans have already seen them, and also that the character will be “meta-changing”.
Nothing is yet confirmed, but Kaplan has mentioned several times that the character is far along in development. Based on announcement patterns of previous heroes, this subtle and spontaneous tease of a new character suggests that we may be seeing a new hero in the next week or two. Blizzard also tends to release new characters around the same time of year, and with Doomfist’s release matching up with Ana’s, and Moira aligning with Sombra, we are still waiting to hear about who will fit into March 2018 to complement Orisa’s launch last year.
Overwatch‘s narrative may soon start to expand outside of character reveals and special events, as Blizzard is currently in the process of hiring a writer to flesh out the game’s story.