Overwatch’s Director Jeff Kaplan Says Next Character is “Not Who You Think It Is”

Overwatch seems ready to get a new character very soon, but game director Jeff Kaplan said it may not necessarily be the long-awaited Doomfit.

on February 20, 2017 8:47 AM

Since its release back in May of last year, Blizzard’s wildly-popular shooter Overwatch has introduced several new characters such as Ana and Sombra to expand the lineup, while new details may hint that the next upcoming character isn’t who players may be expecting.

Speaking on the Battle.net forums, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan addressed some fan questions about incoming updates and content for the game, and while (naturally) asked about the game’s next new Hero, Kaplan simply replied that the game’s 24th character “is not who you think it is.”

Kaplan’s comment is clearly aimed at the speculation that the next new character will be Doomfist, a character that has been referenced in many of Overwatch‘s in-game Easter eggs (and even in one of the animated shorts outside of the game). However, Kaplan’s comment addresses that the next character may not be Doomfist after all, and instead may be an entirely new character altogether.

Aside from the tease, Kaplan also addressed other fan questions about updates for Overwatch, including the inclusion of new sitting/laughing emotes for the game’s newer characters, such as Sombra (who was the game’s last new character, and released back in November). Specifically, Kaplan shared a bit more info on the release of the new emotes:

“It’s on the schedule. Unfortunately, it is months out.”

“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.”

Aside from that, Kaplan also added in the thread some additional comments on Blizzard’s approach to releasing new updates and content for the game, explaining:

“We’re always asking ourselves ‘what would make the biggest impact for the most people’ when we prioritise. Right now, we feel like introducing a new hero to the line-up would be more impactful to the game. Hope that makes sense.”

Overwatch is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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