One minor detail in an Overwatch map has fans speculating about a new addition to the game’s universe.
Overwatch‘s Lunar New Year event kicked off last week, and it seems that during the update, Blizzard added one item to the Lijiang Tower map: a wheelchair.
This isn’t the first time that Blizzard has hinted at upcoming events through minor changes to maps, so the addition of the wheelchair—visible in an office behind a “restricted area” door—probably wasn’t an accident. It’s possible that Blizzard is changing the scene around in order for it to line up with the setting of an upcoming cinematic. It could also be the first of a series of hints to come, possibly showing off a new character, playable or otherwise.
The wheelchair also raises some questions about who, exactly, in the Overwatch universe needs a wheelchair. This is a world where people can be resurrected from death, healed with a beam of light or a burst of music, and mechanical limb replacements are common. (It’s also a world where cars fly, so wheels seem a little old-school). Fan speculation has pegged everyone from the original human scientist Winston (after whom the Winston we know is named) to the hinted-at intelligent monkeys from Horizon Colony.
One Reddit user, Karahe, who helped spot the wheelchair initially, has even created a Discord group to discuss the potentially crazy lore implications, as well as keep an eye out for any other clues that might be found.
The 2018 Lunar New Year event kicked off last week, February 8th, and is said by Blizzard to run for four weeks. There’s still plenty of time to jump into the game and check out the newly revamped CTF mode—while hunting for more clues about who in the Overwatch world needs a wheelchair.
Source: r/Overwatch on Reddit