Blizzard is taking Overwatch to the moon with teases for a new map and hero

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Overwatch’s fourth season just wrapped up over the weekend, while its celebratory Anniversary event still keeps tempting me to waste time on loot boxes without a single one of those incredible legendary skins. Overwatch is still trucking along at a strong pace, that much isn’t debatable. And a lot of it is thanks to the steady stream of content Blizzard have been injecting into the online shooter. But with a new season on the horizon and a special event still on the go, who was expecting more so early?

More is seemingly what you’re going to get, as Blizzard began teasing what looks like a brand new map and hero during Memorial Day yesterday. A “Breaking News” update to the Overwatch Twitter account featured the below image, which holds details about the Horizon Lunar Colony. The news update went on to state that signs of activity have been found on the base again, suggesting the Overwatch is going to the moon with a new map soon.

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The Horizon Lunar Colony is famously where Winston, Overwatch’s resident lightning gun-wielding gorilla, was raised. But surely he wasn’t the only one? Along with the news report, several transmissions from the colony were shared on Blizzard’s website, which seem to suggest that a new hero by the name of Hammond will be joining the expanding roster. Is he another gorilla? An overgrown hamster perhaps? Who really knows what they were doing on that base (aside from eating a lot of peanut butter).

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You can read all five transmissions below and make up your mind.

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Both of these teases come during the Anniversary event, and just ahead of Season 5, which kicks off next week. Is Blizzard trying to quickly sneak these two new additions in before it starts? That would be a surprisingly quick turnover from tease to release by their standards.

Last Updated: May 30, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

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  • The next season starts on Thursday lol

  • Dresden

    They hint that Hammond is smaller than the rest of the subjects…

  • Hammersteyn

    Need to play season to get points for those gold weapon skins. Some people are gonna hate on this casual

    • Dresden

      I’ve done it as well and got myself that awesome gold Mercy staff/ gun.

      Just try your best in placement matches, the higher your rank you get, the more points they award. The matches after that sadly only give 10 points per game.

      • Deceased

        Still only speculation – will be confirming this when the next season starts – but basically – the way I think it works is, they either take the ranking you left the last season, or your season high – then every loss in the placement matches deducts around 40 SR from that rank and every win ( seems to ) give around 20 – that’s what I’ve been watching every start of the season with the placement matches ( e.g. my last season start should have had me in the dregs – but I sat in high-gold ( which is still somewhat dregs – but much better than low gold/silver or bronze )

        • Dresden

          I also noticed the change. I was also left in high gold (seems they subtracted like a 100 SR or so from my season high), so if what you say is true and I can win most of my placement matches, I should start the new season in plat.

          Which means another gold weapon for me! 😀

          • Deceased

            Confirmed – they take the rank you left the last season with – no gain though, only lost 3 rounds and still placed lower than what I left with

          • I hate this part of Overwatch… I peaked at 2900 last season but then had a terrible run and ended around 2350… so now I have to fight my way up again from 2300 when I do my ranking matches no matter how many of them I win

          • Dresden

            I’m seeing some scary stories popping up on some Reddit threads that back your story. This makes me negative to play placements tonight :/

  • Original Heretic

    Ha!! I see someone at Blizzard is a Calvin & Hobbes fan.

    Specimen 15: Calvin
    Specimen 20: Susan

  • I’m really really really hoping Hammond in a sentient hamster… That would be seriously awesome.

    • Admiral Chief

      Can Hammond do the Hampster dance?

  • Matthew Figueira

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