Like most people, I love Overwatch. And unlike most people, Gavin loves Overwatch as more than just a friend but that’s a creepy story for another day. The one thing that has always bugged me about Overwatch however? The fact that with almost two dozen characters, we’ve yet to see anyone emerging from the deeper parts of Africa to join the varied roster of Japanese cyborg ninjas and German giants.
Sure, Pharrah and Ana call Egypt their home, but I’m talking more African. Besides our corner of the continent, we’ve got nations such as Kenya, Rwanda and Cameroon who deserve some love. Well it sounds like Blizzard has been crankin’ up the Toto lately, as they’ve begun teasing an African-born hero from Numbani, which is pretty much within Nigeria in the game lore: Efi Oladele, an 11-year-old genius in robotics and artificial intelligence.
Blizzard posted an “interview” with the wunderkind under the Atlas News, a source which also revealed detailed on characters such as Sombra and Soldier 76 in the past. Here’s the pertinent bit from Q and A:
How did you get into robots and artificial intelligence?
Well, I’ve always been interested. After my mom and dad got me my first robotics kit, I became obsessed with putting together little drones. When I started to get good at it, I tried to build robots to do my chores and help around the house. My parents think it’s cheating… It’s no fair! (laughs)
I want to create things that make our lives better. And someday, my dream is to build something that can keep us safe, like the new OR15s! I think that would be great.
Here’s the thing: I don’t think Efi is the next Overwatch hero. Killing a kid while escorting the payload would probably result in some controversy. Probably. Rather, I think Efi will be contributing a creation to Overwatch, perhaps a counter or dark reflection of Bastion considering that her home of Numbani is a haven for humanity and omnics, existing as a land where the two live side by side without any conflict.
This also lines up with a comment that Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan left on the Overwatch forums, saying that the next character “is not who you think it is”. Which pretty much killed any dream of playing as Doomfist anytime soon. Now if you’ll excuse me, I too feel the need to crank up the Toto.