Overwatch has consistently been one of the world's most popular video games ever since its launch in 2016, but there's no denying that it's past its prime. As a result, rumors have been swirling that Blizzard may soon be replacing Overwatch with Overwatch 2, and that may mean that the original game won't be getting any new heroes.
According to an Overwatch leaker named Metro who leaked Damage character Ashe ahead of her BlizzCon 2018 reveal, there is no new hero in the works for Overwatch. "No new hero for OW from what I've heard," they said when someone asked about a rumored hero named Echo. They followed it up by explaining that Blizzard is putting all its resources into releasing Overwatch 2 "as fast as possible," which is why the company may not release a new hero for the original game.
If true, this means that tank hero Sigma is the last new hero for Overwatch. Of course, fans should take this information with a massive grain of salt. Even though Metro has had accurate Overwatch leaks in the past, it's possible that they've been fed some incorrect information this time around, or they could be making the whole thing up. After all, Blizzard has outright said that there are multiple heroes in development for Overwatch, though it's not out of the realm of possibility that these new heroes will be targeting Overwatch 2 instead.
No new hero for OW from what I've heard. They are putting all their resources towards releasing OW 2 as fast as possible.— Metro (@Metro_OW) October 18, 2019
Fact is that we just don't know enough about Overwatch 2 or what it will entail to make a call either way. Rumors claim that Overwatch 2 will focus on PvE, with some reports comparing the game to a Left 4 Dead-style co-op shooter. Metro claims that Overwatch 2 will feature both PvE and PvP, though it's unclear if the PvP in Overwatch 2 will basically just be the multiplayer found in the original game carried over.
Considering how much Blizzard has invested in the original Overwatch's PvP, it would be surprising to see the company completely abandon it with the rumored new game. That's why many have speculated that Overwatch 2 will retain the original Overwatch's multiplayer, but with the PvE component added. Again, there's nothing in the way of concrete information about the supposed Overwatch 2, so all we can do is guess. But if Overwatch 2 does retain the original game's multiplayer, maybe the new heroes will be released for both versions.
As far as support for the original Overwatch and possible new heroes, we may learn more at BlizzCon 2019 on November 1. It's then when Blizzard is expected to unveil the rumored Overwatch 2, which should give everyone a better idea of what to expect from the game.
Overwatch is out now for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.