Last week, we received a Twitter teaser from the official Overwatch account sharing the tale of an Overwatch mission deep in Istanbul, Turkey against a collection of omnic forces. Ana, Reinhardt, Torbjorn, and a Private First Class named Emre Sarioglu survived the battle... but not easily. Torbjorn nearly perished, and Reinhardt had to step in to save him. Two new teasers have expanded the story around Operation: White Dome, and all the clues seem to be pointing at a new hero.
First, we got a letter that Torbjorn had sent to his wife after being injured.
A previously unpublished letter by Torbjörn Lindholm is now available to read in our Lore Update blog.— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) February 24, 2018
The text reads as follows:
My dear Ingrid,
I know that by now you have gotten news of my injuries in our latest mission. While the descriptions may sound terrible, the doctors are quite sure I’ll make a full recovery. Even Angela came to visit me! On the matter of my arm, I promise to make it my first priority to construct a suitable prosthesis that will make everyone forget that it was ever gone. If only Angela’s dreams of tissue regeneration were a reality! I told her she should be working harder!
They tell me that you have not yet gone into labor, so I am holding out hope that I will be able to be by your side back home in Gothenburg when the time comes. Just wait a little longer for me!
You may have heard that Reinhardt is responsible for saving my life. I’ve heard the story at least four different times myself, already, each time more unbelievable than the last. Exaggerations, as you know how he can be. All the same, they’ve decided to award him a commendation for “conspicuous bravery.” Could two words better describe the big oaf?
He has been bothering me insufferably at my bedside. Half in jest, I suggested that if it would shut him up, I would allow him to name our daughter, as he has been badgering me about it these past months. He, of course, took me at my word. Truth be told, I had been considering making him her godfather, and I hope you’ll forgive me for making this decision without your consultation. We can only hope she doesn’t take after him too much.
I told him that you would have to agree to any name he chose, so let’s hope it’s a good one (though I fear that may be beyond his abilities, given some of the ridiculous names he gives the characters in his “true stories”). I’m getting sick of this hospital, so I am hoping to return soon.
This letter doesn’t mention Emre at all. In fact, it seems to be focused nearly entirely around Brigitte, Reinhardt’s squire and Torbjorn’s daughter. We’ve seen Brigitte in the Honor and Glory cinematic and the comic Dragon Slayer. She’s a mechanic, she’s buff, and she has complicated feelings about Overwatch as an organization. We also learn that Reinhardt was the one to name her, he is her godfather, and she was born after Operation: White Dome.
“I'll knock some sense into you!” pic.twitter.com/WIg2xCQZ0h— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) February 26, 2018
We also received this teaser, showing a hammer. It seems to have been designed by Torbjorn, considering his sensibilities and mechanical prowess. (“I’ll knock some sense into you!” also seems like something he would say.) This will presumably be Hero 27’s weapon. While we can’t see the entire schematic, the hammer seems to have a transformation, or there’s potentially a second weapon hidden under that piece of pinned paper.
At this point, it seems obvious all the clues are pointing us towards a new hero. The question is now just whether it’ll be Emre Sarioglu or Torbjorn’s daughter, Brigitte. Either way, the trail of teasers leading to Hero 27 has been incredibly cool, and it’s always awesome to see bits of Overwatch’s history emerge.