What seems like the longest active tease has finally come to an end today. Blizzard finally revealed their latest Overwatch character at Blizzcon. It’s of course the long speculated Sombra and her hacking abilities. She comes with a fully-automatic machine pistol that is best used at short-range, the technique to stop enemies from using their abilities, the power to turn invisible for a short time with added speed boosts, the ridiculous talent of throwing a beacon and transporting to wherever it was thrown, and finally the skill to use EMPs that destroy enemy barriers, shields, and “hacking” all opponents caught within it.
Blizzard also updated the Overwatch character page to include Sombra and all her personal info. She’s thirty years old, works out of Dorado, Mexico, and is currently working for the Talon organization. The Los Muertos gang was her former employer. Her entire backstory as written by Blizzard can be found below. Lastly, she received her own animated short in tandem with Reaper and Widowmaker. The three attempt to assassinate a high-priority target but things don’t go as planned. After such a long wait time until the reveal, don’t be afraid to let us know what you think of the latest addition to Overwatch (past, present, and future).
“One of the world’s most notorious hackers, Sombra uses information to manipulate those in power. Long before she took up the alias “Sombra,” ░░░░░░ was among the thousands of children who were left orphaned in the aftermath of the Omnic Crisis. With much of her country’s infrastructure destroyed, she survived by utilizing her natural gifts with hacking and computers.
After ░░░░░░ was taken in by Mexico’s Los Muertos gang, she aided it in its self-styled revolution against the government. Los Muertos believed that the rebuilding of Mexico had primarily benefited the rich and the influential, leaving behind those who were most in need of assistance. Following her many conquests, ░░░░░░ was supremely confident in her skills, but she was caught unprepared when she stumbled into the web of a global conspiracy—one that had also noticed her. With her security irreparably compromised, ░░░░░░ was forced to delete all traces of her identity and went into hiding.
She later reemerged as Sombra, upgraded and determined to find out the truth behind the conspiracy she had uncovered. Sombra launched an even more audacious string of hacks, and her exploits earned her no shortage of admirers, including Talon. She joined the organization’s ranks and is believed to have contributed to its massive cyberattacks against corporations with strong ties to their governments. These efforts incited a popular revolution in Mexico against LumériCo and breached the security of Volskaya Industries, the manufacturing arm of Russia’s anti-omnic defense.”