Earlier this week, Blizzard unveiled the first new hero coming to Overwatch – Ana Amari. She’s the mother of the rocket launcher wielding Pharah, and she will take up a support role (with her handy sniper rifle and other cool abilities) when she’s added to the game sometime in the near future. Hooray, put those tinfoil hats away! After months of speculation, we finally have our reveal. There’s clearly nothing more to see here!
Except, there is. You see, a friend of mine brought it to my attention that Ana is in fact not Sombra – a character I’ve written about before, and a persona that many people thought she would be. I did actually wonder why Blizzard made no mention of that word or title in their announcement post, or on Ana’s bio, or in her origin story.
Something’s definitely missing, which got me wondering. Consider the following teasers…
The snap of the character selection screen and the rifle scope fit’s Ana perfectly. The character on the right, despite having a robot-like face, is one of her alternate skins.
The image on the left however, is the one I find most interesting. It shows a character, Ana by the looks of things, on Dorado. Why is she there, in Mexico, when she is of Egyptian origin? It just seems a bit odd.
I did some digging, and found the following image taken on the Mexican map. I saw it a little while ago, and paid it little attention. After seeing it now though, damn, just take a look…
The caption “Quien es Sombra?” is Spanish for “Who is Sombra?”. That’s not what caught my attention this time around. Take a closer look at the picture…
That hood, the dark cloak, and those hands and legs… that is definitely not Ana! The legs and hands in particular, though pixelated, look awfully robotic. Is Sombra an Omnic? Or is she (and yes, she is definitely a she – I’ll remind you why later) a human with cybernetic augments?
After more digging, I came across a very interesting article over on Eurogamer. It turns out Ana’s origin story had some interesting clues regarding Sombra. Hardcore Overwatch fans spotted the following codes…
To cut a long story short, the codes were processed using a XOR cipher and a constant of 23 to reveal a repeating Spanish phrase that translated to, “she who has the information, has the power”. The last two bits of numbers on each code, when processed, come out as ‘SOMB’ and ‘RA’. Gee, I wonder what that could mean?
The fact that the constant used to make sense of all this, being 23, is also interesting. Why? Simple – because Sombra, if released after Ana, will be the 23rd character added to the Overwatch roster.
Sombra, many suspect, will be an evil character. The reasoning for this assumption is pretty straight forward. A direct quote from Reaper says “ where is Sombra when you need her?” (see, she’s definitely female). Reaper is bad, so er… yeah, you get the picture. On top of this, Sombra in English (it’s a Spanish word too by the way) translates to “shadow”. I don’t know about you, but in my books, shadows are basically never associated with anything good.
Jinkies, this is all rather fascinating! It looks like Overwatch is due for another character for sure, and a lot sooner than many expected I think. When Sombra will release though, or rather, when she will be unveiled, remains to be seen. Could she be announced at San Diego Comic Con?
I’m not entirely sure. All I know is that about a month ago, Overwatch’s Game Director Jeff Kaplan said that people should start wondering who Sombra is. Well Jeff, you have my undivided attention. Please tell me more!
Last Updated: July 14, 2016