Since releasing just over a year ago, Overwatch has seen the addition of three new heroes to the award-winning multiplayer shooter’s roster. Technically though, Blizzard has been teasing the appearance of one other hero since even before the game’s release: Doomfist.
We know very little about Doomfist, other than it’s a mantle taken up by many different characters who all came into possession of a powerful gauntlet first seen in the game’s very first cinematic trailer. In the run up to the revelation of the most recent hero, Orisa, that gauntlet featured again – somebody seemingly destroyed some bots in the airport section of the Numbani map, and stole the Gauntlet from the glass container it was kept in on the map’s payload. This bit of evidence in the game’s mythology had many people certain that it was to be Doomfist and not the then-unknown Orisa who would debut, but it looks like that may finally be happening now.
A new post on the official PlayOverwatch stie has popped up, taking the form of a news broadcast from the Times of Numbani in the Overwatch universe. Not only does this broadcast finally identify and confirms the name of the person who caused all the destruction in the Numbani airport and stole the gauntlet: Akande Ogundimu aka the last person to wield the Doomfist, but it also explains the events leading up to that. It would appear that the villainous Talon group, led by ex-Overwatch member Reaper, actually broke Ogundimu out of jail allowing him to reclaim the Doomfist.
It began in the early hours of the morning, when an unidentified aircraft approached the facility. Security initially reported that the craft had no passengers on board, based on radar scans. The craft passed through the range of the installation’s defense systems without incident, leading some to believe that Talon has moles within Helix. Video surveillance from within the compound revealed a black shadowy figure emerging from the craft and descending upon the prison grounds. The unidentified assailant easily overcame the Helix security agents, leaving over a dozen dead. Medical records of the casualties reveal injuries and cellular degeneration matching other incidents involving the mercenary known as the Reaper, all but confirming the incursion as a Talon attack.
After escaping from the facility, Helix lost track of Ogundimu until he resurfaced in Numbani, where he clashed with the newly introduced OR15 defense robots at the Adawe International Terminal, easily destroying them and reclaiming the Doomfist.
When Orisa was released back in March, game director Jeff Kaplan revealed that the next hero was much further along already than many people suspected. If that is indeed the case, and it is Doomfist, then we can probably expect him to make his presence felt real soon. Overwatch’s fifth competitive season kicked off just over a month ago, so if a new hero were to be unveiled it would more than likely be at the end of this season or the start of the next one, which has been the case for all the previous post-release heroes.
Or all this Doomfist hullabaloo, like the with the Orisa reveal, is a big smokescreen for some other heroes. The Times of Numbani report expressly mentions that “Helix officials have been unwilling to reveal whether or not there were additional escapees or items taken from the facility, but sources have indicated that it is likely that there were further security breaches in addition to Ogundimu.” This may just be all about revealing some other heroes instead.
Last Updated: July 5, 2017