A mysterious image released this morning by the official Overwatch Twitter account seems to reveal the weapon (and potential function) of the game’s first DLC character.
We’ve been speculating about Overwatch‘s next roster addition since before the game launched, as teases have been spread both in-game and out on who it would be. At this point, all signs are pointing to a character being referred to as Sombra, a new masked figure who many have come to assume would be some sort of support sniper?and the current-era persona of Ana Amari, Pharah’s mother.
Today, @PlayOverwatch posted the above image of a “prototype biotic rifle” on their Twitter feed. We’re clearly seeing a sniper rifle here, and it’s also clear that it’s in some way related to healing?but what will that mean in the game itself?
One important clue in the image are the notes from Torbjorn and Mercy. Mercy is making a point that she only agreed to assist in the development of the rifle if it was to be used for healing purposed, but Torbjorn reassured her (and the others in Overwatch) that that’s the case. Does Mercy’s concern mean there were/are plans for this rifle to also cause harm? Does Torbjorn’s note mean that her biotic tech was only used for healing?but that it might have been mixed in with other technology?
Having a sniper-based character primarily focused on healing may feel a little weird, but it also seems odd to potentially have a second sniper choice that would draw attention away from Widowmaker. Healing snipers aren’t anything new?Sharla from Xenoblade Chronicles being one example?but you’d assume that such a character in Overwatch would bring other abilities to the table. Maybe status-affecting bullets, kind of similar to Zenyatta’s Discord orb? Buffs for teammates? And what of the other element we see in the image, which looks like a sort of stationary item or sentry of sorts? It somewhat resembles Solider:76’s biotic field, but again, it’d be weird to have a second character with such a similar ability, so it’ll no doubt have a different use.
Oh, and there’s another piece of this new puzzle to connect this gun with talk of Sombra. We’ve seen images of Ana wielding a sniper rifle as part of the earlier days of Overwatch‘s story, and on the Brazilian version of this new weapon document, the “To” line includes a third person the English version is missing: one “A. Amari,” joining “J. Morrison” (Soldier:76) and “G. Reyes” (Reaper).