Last night, I stayed up way past my bedtime watching Doomfist conspiracy videos. It is a fun part of the Overwatch YouTube listings and I highly recommend losing a good chunk of your life to it. People have been trying to unravel the mystery of Doomfist since the day the game was announced and things don’t look to be stopping any time soon. There have been innumerable Doomfist leaks and each one of them has their own set of videos both confirming and debunking them.
The desire for Doomfist content points to something else, a level of hype from the community that even outranks that of Sombra. So the real questions here are who is Doomfist and will we ever see him release?
Who is Doomfist?
Doomfist is a villain in the Overwatch universe? Also, maybe he is a hero? Who knows. If the name “Doomfist” sounds familiar to you, it is probably because you heard it before anyone ever even heard the name Winston.
Turns out, Doomfist was teased in the announcement cinematic for Overwatch back in 2014. The kid with the cool Reinhardt shirt and the Murloc cast runs up to a glass case at the Overwatch museum and gets very excited about Doomfist’s gauntlet. This isn’t the only time we end up hearing about him.
In the Numbani map, we see two references to the man. The first is actually in the payload itself, where Doomfist’s Doomfist lies behind the glass. There is also a poster that shows three Doomfists. It is known that there have been more than one Doomfist before and that two have been defeated.
Based on the fact that he is The Savior, it could be assumed pretty easily that Doomfist #1 was a good guy. This leads nicely into The Scourge, which is probably not a name given to a good person. We also know that Winston defeated a Doomfist, took his gauntlet and put it on display at the Overwatch museum. The safe assumption here is that this was The Scourge.
All of this got a lot more interesting when the Numbani map got a small update around Orisa’s release. The attacker’s starting room has been destroyed and the Doomfist no longer resides within its case. The safe assumption here is that The Successor, the new Doomfist shrouded in mystery, has come to claim his weapon for one reason or another.
Is this new Doomfist a good guy, a bad guy or some combination of the two? Who knows, but we will probably find out sooner rather than later.
Will he ever be playable?
This is a very difficult question to answer, so most of this section will be purely opinion-based. For what its worth, I would be pretty surprised if we did’t see more Doomfist teasers by the end of the year, if not Doomfist himself. It doesn’t look like he will be the next hero, but he could still be coming later this year. I wouldn’t hold my breath, but my best guess would be an announcement at Blizzcon this November.
The hype for Doomfist is undeniable by the community. Even more, everyone already has Terry Crews picked out to play him. And Terry Crews is game.
Terry’s visit to Blizzard was probably just as a fan. He is well known for his love of gaming and using it as a bonding tool between him and his son. However that doesn’t mean that this post is entirely innocent. Maybe Terry is just trolling but the community has been outspoken about this for several months.
I still love the idea that Terry Crews is the Doomfist, not the person wearing it.— Zuldim (@Zuldim) May 31, 2017
Even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wants to see Terry Crews be Doomfist.
Now to be clear, it is dangerous for the community to just expect to get everything they want if they get hype enough. That road leads to a lot of disappointment and heartbreak. However, Blizzard seems to be playing along with this one pretty well, so the expectation is fairly warranted.
How long can they keep the community at bay?
At this point, it is not a question of “if” but “when.”