Upcoming Overwatch 2 hero seemingly hinted at in Esperanča reveal

A keen Overwatch 2 fan seems to have spotted a trail of clues left by Blizzard Entertainment in its Esperanča map reveal as to who the next hero might be.

Season 1 of Overwatch 2 will launch with the three new heroes that have been fully revealed so far: Sojurn, Junker Queen, and Kiriko. Also, it has already been announced that season 2 will bring with it a new tank hero nine weeks later.

Thanks to these latest Esperanča screenshots, it seems that the upcoming Tank Hero for OW2 could be one using the shield technology seen in the Portuguese city.

The theory was constructed and posted on Twitter on Thursday by @volskayadottxt, who solely put the pieces together by going through the newly released Esperanča screenshots.

“Much of Portugal is by the sea,” read @volskayadottxt’s Twitter thread, “and that carries over to the map. Not only can we see a port, but also what looks like some kind of dike. The wall is made up of hexagons, which can conveniently be viewed in more detail in the ‘Mystery Room’. Presumably everything we see in the room is attached to the wall and perhaps we can speculate as to its purpose. These hexagons actually have a name – “durovidro” – which I think literally translates to “duraglass”.

“On the display, the name ‘The Collective’ is faintly legible under said logo. I’m confident that this is the new faction avoidance work that Overwatch used to do through the use of technology. And that a new hero could come out of this organization using some of their technology (like the jar).”

Ultimately, it will certainly be interesting to see if the fruits of @volskayadottxt’s labors come to fruition, with The Collective and their associated shield hero perhaps playing a major role in the OW2 lore moving forward.

Overwatch 2 is scheduled for release worldwide on October 4th, 2022 for PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC (via Battle.net).

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