The world of Overwatch just got a little bigger with the latest in-universe news article. This isn’t the first time we’ve had character teased with news articles and insights from the world of Overwatch. Sombra was depicted in newspapers in game, with the headline “Who is Sombra?” D.Va showed up in advertisements before the MEKA ever marched into game. Ana’s biotic rifle schematics preceded the sniper herself. We even learned about Efi in an article from Times of Numbani, and the invention of Orisa was hinted in that interview with the robotics genius. The latest in-universe article concerns a very familiar name: Doomfist.
The article concerns an attack on Helix Security International that took place three months ago, and we find out that Doomfist is 1) free and 2) indebted to Talon.
There’s basically no way that this can go wrong for the good guys of Overwatch. We’re sure it’ll be perfectly fine.
NUMBANI —Three months after initial reports of an incident at Helix Security International's classified maximum security installation, a more complete picture of what happened has emerged. Information and details of what happened were scarce as has been any news from the installation, said to be a prison for the world's most dangerous threats. However, after recent events in Numbani, it can now be confirmed that what occurred was an attack by the Talon organization with the express purpose of freeing one man: Akande Ogundimu, better known as Doomfist.
It began in the early hours of the morning, when an unidentified aircraft approached the facility. Security initially reported that the craft had no passengers on board, based on radar scans. The craft passed through the range of the installation's defense systems without incident, leading some to believe that Talon has moles within Helix. Video surveillance from within the compound revealed a black shadowy figure emerging from the craft and descending upon the prison grounds. The unidentified assailant easily overcame the Helix security agents, leaving over a dozen dead. Medical records of the casualties reveal injuries and cellular degeneration matching other incidents involving the mercenary known as the Reaper, all but confirming the incursion as a Talon attack.
Helix officials have been unwilling to reveal whether or not there were additional escapees or items taken from the facility, but sources have indicated that it is likely that there were further security breaches in addition to Ogundimu.
Akande “Doomfist” Ogundimu is the third incarnation of Doomfist, following the Scourge and the Savior. If he’s allied with Talon and busting up Numbani airports, there’s a very probable chance that this generation of Doomfist leans way more on the “Scourge” side. Also, this may be the first time in lore Reaper has scored a win, and we’re all very proud of him.
If Doomfist is attacking Helix Security International, that brings him into direct conflict with Fareeha “Pharah” Amari, who’s currently serving as a Security Chief for the international organization. Last time we saw Pharah, she was tacking a God Program in Egypt. If Doomfist, and Talon, are attacking multiple Helix facilities... We may see Pharah enter the fray.
After escaping from the facility, Helix lost track of Ogundimu until he resurfaced in Numbani, where he clashed with the newly introduced OR15 defense robots at the Adawe International Terminal, easily destroying them and reclaiming the Doomfist.
Questions have been raised about the effectiveness and methodology of Helix, which in recent years, has greatly increased its profile as the world's security force. But after a number of high profile incidents, including the breach of a similarly top-secret facility in Egypt, those who have objected to the increased privatization of security following the shuttering of Overwatch will have been dismayed that Helix has requested, and been granted, additional funding by the UN to cope with rising threats.
This part of the lore drop will likely be lost in the Doomfist hype, but it’s fascinating because it implies that Helix is going to play a major part in the lore to come. With Helix moving into Overwatch’s place, and the Recall going out for Overwatch agents, it remains to be seen which organization takes charge of global peace.