It’s pretty clear that Overwatch will be releasing a new character soon, but who will it be? Fans have speculated that it might be Doomfist, which Overwatch has been teasing for some time now, but Jeff Kaplan recently stated: “24 is not who you think it is.”
Sorry, Terry Crews!
[SCIENCE] Meet Efi Oladele—winner of the Adawe Foundation’s genius grant for her achievements in AI and robotics!
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) February 21, 2017
“How did you get into robots and artificial intelligence?
Well, I’ve always been interested. After my mom and dad got me my first robotics kit, I became obsessed with putting together little drones. When I started to get good at it, I tried to build robots to do my chores and help around the house. My parents think it’s cheating… It’s no fair! (laughs)
I want to create things that make our lives better. And someday, my dream is to build something that can keep us safe, like the new OR15s! I think that would be great.
It’s amazing what you’ve been able to accomplish at your age! How do you do it?
I’m not sure how to answer that. I just do it! I guess I’m very lucky that my parents put up with it. Robots can be messy, you know. And expensive.”
Fans have already been guessing that if Efi is a new character she will not be the one on the battlefield, but instead, we will get to be playing one of her robotic creations that she controls from the spawn room.
While Efi sounds like a fun character to play, there is an issue on whether it is ethical or not. Some people may not want to be killing an 11-year-old or her robot, even if she is in the spawn room. Others bring up the ongoing “child warriors” of Africa issue, and that Efi may be a bit too young to be putting on or near the battlefield.
If not Efi, then who?
Fans have also been guessing that Efi could possibly be the one who creates a robotic body for Athena, who is Winston’s AI system, and she could be the next support.
She also says that her dream is “to build something that can keep us safe, like the new OR15s!”
As of right now, we have no knowledge of what an OR15 is, but it’s been guessed that it could be some sort of fighting/defense robot.
“Speaking of which, do you have any plans for what you’re going to do with your grant? New computer? College tuition?
Oh… I have an idea…
It’s a secret for now… but my parents are taking me on a trip to celebrate! It’ll be my first time flying, so I can’t wait.”
Sadly, no Doomfist yet
While we still have hopes of Doomfist being released soon, it does not look like he will be the next Overwatch hero.
But some still have hopes that it might be him. Fans are saying Efi may possibly have a connection with Doomfist. This was recently discovery in the latest patch by a Reddit user, and it shows the Numbani payload glass being broken, which is evidence enough for some.
They also found 136 new encrypted models for the game, which could mean new content will be released soon!
So who do you think it will be? Could it be Efi Oladele and her robot companion in some sort of Annie/Tibbers playstyle?
Maybe Efi creates Athena as a new support?
Or a new character entirely?
I’m hoping the Overwatch team doesn’t keep us in the dark for too long. (Ahem, Sombra)
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
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