After months of teasers and anticipation, Blizzard has finally announced Sombra, the second hero to be added to Overwatch. Sombra joins the first new character, Ana, and Eichenwald — the first additional map — as part of the Blizzard’s plan to continue to support the game with new updates post-launch.
In the game’s fiction, Sombra is a hacker who’s a member of the Los Muertos gang of Mexico, and works with the villainous Talon organization, along with characters Reaper and Widowmaker. The announcement was accompanied by an Overwatch animated short featuring the new character.
The Sombra news also marks the culmination of a months-long alternate reality game that Blizzard began in the announcement video for Ana in July. Since then, Blizzard has built up anticipation with coded messages, encrypted images, and a three-month long countdown timer that’s left some fans more frustrated than excited for the character reveal. The full details of the almost ludicrously complex trail of clues can be found on the GameDetective Wiki, where the community had been working together to compile and solve the various pieces of the puzzle.