Overwatch's Next Hero Might Not Be Doomfist

Overwatch's Next Hero Might Not Be Doomfist

Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan puts a long-running rumor to sleep.

Overwatch fans like to read the tea leaves to figure out who the next Overwatch hero might be. Since the release of Sombra, speculation has trended towards the next hero being Doomfist. Doomfist is the name of a three different heroes in Overwatch lore, all wearing the Doomfist gauntlet. The gauntlet itself appears in the game as part of the payload being escorted on the Numbani map. Fans have figured Doomfist would likely be a Tank class hero.

Doomfist art in the game.

Now it seems speculation will have to shift. In a post on the official forums, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan hinted that Doomfist might not be the next hero.

"24 is not who you think it is," said Kaplan, referring to the game's unnamed 24th hero.

Kaplan also referred to Blizzard working on multiple new heroes. The thread in question was about the lack of sitting and laughing emotes for Sombra, given the fact that she's the most recent hero. Kaplan explained that the lack of those emotes is all about prioritization.

Editor's pick

Overwatch's Tracer Gets The Adorable Nendoroid Treatment

"It's on the schedule. Unfortunately, it is months out," said Kaplan. "New heroes will most likely not have sit and laugh emotes for some period of time after their release. We'd rather not hold new hero releases for these emotes. But we do plan to add them over time."

Old Overwatch character art.

"The emotes themselves don't take months. It's more on the order of days/weeks. It's more of a prioritization issue," he added. "We have multiple new heroes being worked on right now plus numerous events and event-related content. We're always asking ourselves 'what would make the biggest impact for the most people?' when we prioritize. Right now, we feel like introducing a new hero to the line up would be more impactful to the game. Hope that makes sense."

With Kaplan's statements, the speculation has moved in different directions. Soundquake and Athena are two rumored characters that have appeared in older Overwatch character art. Soundquake would be the red omnic on the far right of the image and would likely be a tank. Athena is the name of Winston's AI assistant, who has symbols shared with the white robot above between Tracer and Winston in that image. Finally, there's Liao, a character who has been mentioned by name as one of the original Overwatch members.

We'll see where Blizzard decides to go in the near future. New heroes vastly change the game's balance, so Blizzard is smart to introduce them slowly.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

In other news

Halo 3 Gets New Armor in the Master Chief Collection, But Many Aren't Happy About It

The new additions look out of place to many, but 343 says a toggle option is being explored.

NPD: PS5 Sets New US Console Launch Records While Switch Holds Strong

A strong debut for Sony hasn't stopped Switches from flying off shelves.

The Last of Us Part 2 Takes Home Top Prize at The Game Awards: Here Are All the Winners

Hades, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and Among Us did get some well-earned love too.

Perfect Dark Revival Unveiled at The Game Awards

Joanna's back in a new story conceived by The Initiative.

Need help?

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Weapons Tier List

Here's our guide compiling the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019 weapons list, including all weapon unlock levels, and more.

Borderlands 3 Shift Codes List (August 2020)

All the info you need on getting and redeeming SHiFT Codes in Borderlands 3, plus how to get Golden Keys to earn loot.

Destiny 2 Xenophage Quest - How to Get the New Xenophage Machine Gun

This is how to complete the Destiny 2 Xenophage quest, including all puzzles, and more.

Apex Legends Wattson - Abilities, Skins, How to Win With Wattson Apex Legends

This is our guide to Wattson in Apex Legends, featuring all her legendary skins, new abilities, tips, and more.