From Talon with talons?
Following the apparent reveal of a Halloween seasonal event, a Russian Overwatch group claims to have revealed the game’s next playable character, Sombra, alongside a new game mode for said Halloween event.
Sombra has been the subject of a months-long ARG, placing her as a hacker in the Overwatch universe, seemingly trying to communicate information to players. The Halloween event leak itself appeared to point to the introduction of the character, and now – apparently – here she is, complete with a submachine gun and clawed gloves:
Posted on Reddit, the image seemingly comes from an internal Blizzard document, which says that Sombra “lost everything” during the game’s Omnic Crisis incident, worked with the Los Muertos gang (last seen in the Soldier: 76 animated short), went underground and was recruited by Talon, the organisation which includes characters Reaper and Widowmaker, among others.
The document also includes a short section that appears to point to the Halloween event’s bespoke game mode (in the same way that the Summer Games event included Lucioball). In this case, it appears to be a Horde Mode-style affair, pitting players against “the Zomnics and Dr. Junkenstein’s evil allies”.
That ties into another apparent Overwatch leak – a comic featuring what looks like the cast of Overwatch in their Halloween costumes (Frankenstein’s Monster Roadhog, Van Helsing McCree, etc.), featuring one “Junkenstein” on the cover:
It’s entirely possible that this is a fake – Blizzard has never released two major pieces of Overwatch content so close together previously – but the sheer number of corroborating pieces of evidence emerging at similar times makes it worth consideration.
A Moment in Crime – the website that many think is “loading” the reveal of Sombra – is currently on track to end on October 18. Game director Jeff Kaplan recently teased that the game’s next hero should “see the light of day sooner rather than later”.
We’ve contacted Blizzard for comment.
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK News Editor, and this is the first time he’s ever truly cared about what will happen to anything’s meta. Follow him on Twitter.