In an intriguing new interview, Overwatch's game director Jeff Kaplan talks about an upcoming hero named Sombra, and how players should start scouring the game for hints.
Blizzard's critically-acclaimed online first-person shooter Overwatch has been nothing short of a massive success since it was released a few weeks ago. With over 7 million players within the first week of sale, many hours have undoubtedly been spent getting up to speed with the 21 different characters that are available. But according to the title's game director Jeff Kaplan, players had better get ready for that number to increase soon.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Kaplan talked about a variety of topics regarding Overwatch and Blizzard's post-release plans. When asked about the recent speculation over the what was meant to be the reveal of a mysterious new hero named Sombra at around the same time as the last Overwatch animated short, and whether all this was all strange from his perspective, he revealed that Blizzard had expected this sort of reaction as the studio had sprinkled numerous hints about this new character in and out of the game.
"No, it was not strange. We have put a lot of hints, all over the game and out of the game, so I would say it's about time that people are concerned with who Sombra is. I hope they keep researching more and find more hints that are out there."
While he didn't reveal any details regarding Sombra and the character's hero type, Kaplan's encouragement to players to keep researching suggests that a reveal of this mysterious Sombra is imminent. However, it looks like players will have to up their researching game a notch, as when asked about whether players have unearthed anything about this mysterious new hero, Kaplan replied with a simple "No".
With Kaplan's admission about the numerous Sombra hints in Overwatch, as well as his previous statement that post-release maps and new characters will be free to all players, there's no doubt that gamers everywhere will be scouring the title in search of information regarding to this new character. Given that Blizzard are ready to implement some balance changes, such as nerfing McCree, it'll be interesting to see how Sombra fits into the current roster and how the game dynamics will be affected.
In addition to talking about Sombra, Kaplan also spoke about Overwatch's upcoming competitive mode, as well as the possibility of cross-platform play between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. No progress has been made on the issue of cross-platform play, though Kaplan did reaffirm that Blizzard is keeping an open-mind about all cross-play possibilities. As for the Overwatch's upcoming competitive mode, players can expect it to be different to what was in the beta in terms of progression, and seasons will last around two and a half months.
With players now comfortable with the current roster of heroes, the inclusion of Sombra will undoubtedly shake things up a bit, especially with Overwatch's competitive mode due to arrive later this month.
Overwatch is now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.