At the beginning of the year, Blizzard announced they were hard at work on a new hero for Overwatch. A picture of a small bit of backstory might be hinting at who that hero could be.
In the tweet from the Overwatch account, the caption reads “[DECLASSIFIED] After-Action Report: Operation ‘WHITE DOME’.”
The actual text says:
Strike team under the command of myself, CAPTAIN ANA AMARI, was deployed to the outskirts of Istanbul, Turkey to deal with a remaining pocket of omnic resistance. Personnel included Lieutenant Reinhardt Wilhelm, Chief Engineer Torbjörn Lindholm, and Private First Class Emre Sarioglu. After routine insertion, the team was ambushed, taking heavy fire from the entrenched combatants without casualties, the battle resulted in serious injuries to Lindholm and lesser injury to Lt. Wilhelm. Had it not been for Lt. Wilhelm’s timely intervention, it is likely that Lindholm would have been killed. Due to conspicuous bravery on the part of Lt. Wilhelm, I am suggesting a commendation for his actions.
The new name, Private First Class Emre Sarioglu, appears to have been a part of Ana, Reinhardt, and Torbjörn’s squad in the old days. Other heroes have been introduced similar ways, being names in files or in-game lore dropped over time and eventually fleshed out. It is definitely curious how Sarioglu is only mentioned once in the file and then never again.
What do you think? Is this a new hero or a just a name in a file?
Blizzard learned a lot of lessons from the way the Sombra ARG backfired, so hopefully they put those lessons to work here and don’t tease the new character for too long.