Update: It turns out the teaser’s alley wall can be found in a small area of Overwatch‘s Rialto map, as the community eventually discovered.
Original Story: The newest Overwatch tease appears to allude to hero 28 being the simian brawler we’ve all been anticipating.
The recent Overwatch public test region update brought massive changes to the layout of the Horizon Lunar Colony map, but the map update also snuck in some lore surrounding Hammond, an ape that was once living on the station with Winston. We first learned of Hammond when the map originally launched, and many thought he may eventually be added to the game as a hero, with the subsequent map update reinforcing these predictions. Fast-forward to a recent tease posted to the Overwatch Twitter account, Hammond may be added to the game as soon as the next hero.
The tweet involves a short video of an alleyway wall, accompanied by the message “Calm before the storm.” It doesn’t sound that exciting on its own, but on the wall can be seen a number of posters and graffiti, several of which depict a monkey in a space suit. Other decals on the wall include references to the Horizon Lunar Colony, a poster of Lúcio, a large obscured word that appears to read “scrapyard”, and some anti-Omnic propaganda.
Calm before the storm. pic.twitter.com/yxzXyzdzuA
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) June 21, 2018
The pictures of the monkey and references to Horizon Lunar Colony make a pretty obvious case for Hammond being the next hero, but it’s almost too on the nose. Developer Blizzard is known to pull fast ones on its fans when it comes to hero teases, like it did with Brigitte and Doomfist, so this blatant pitching of Hammond may be an effort to misdirect us. We won’t know for sure until the hero is announced, which should be sooner rather than later, as mid-summer is the regular time in which one of Overwatch‘s three yearly heroes are released.
Something else interesting about the tease is the area in which the wall seems to be. It does not appear to be any known map in the game, which could suggest a new map will join the game’s 28th hero. Considering the massive picture of Lúcio and the urban feel of the setting, one could argue that Brazil would make sense for its location. Again, we’ll have to wait until later in the summer to learn for sure.
Until Hammond (or whoever it is) is released, fans will have to tide themselves over with the major Symmetra rework coming to Overwatch, along with numerous other hero rebalances and new social features. The game’s tenth season of Competitive Play draws to a close on June 27th, and while fans should expect the game’s social features and Horizon update to hit the game around the start of the new season, the hero changes may need a bit longer in the oven, given the consistently surfacing bugs and new tweaks still be added.