Overwatch players have a new hero in Baptiste, as well as a new map with the latest update to hit the public servers, but attention has already turned to hero 31, and if the intriguing Echo will ever be joining the roster.
Back at Blizzcon 2018, Overwatch developer, Blizzard, showcased a “Reunion” video, which first revealed Echo and a number if interesting tidbits about her personality, relevance, and importance to the lore and Overwatch team.
Given her significance in the video, which you can watch below, many within the Overwatch community assumed her to be Hero 30. Given that hero is Baptiste, all eyes have turned to Echo as Hero 31.
However, Blizzard has shot down that chatter, albeit with some hopeful news moving forward.
Speaking over on YouTube via Overwatch channel HighscoreHeroes (about 3 minutes in), Blizzard’s Joshua Noh said that Echo wasn’t on the horizon in the near future, but players can look forward to an Overwatch future with her on the roster.
“I don’t really have much info about Echo,” Noh said. “We’re definitely going to make her a hero at some point. I don’t think she’s the next hero, if that tells you anything.”
Echo would certainly be an interesting decision, at least from a lore perspective. Just take a quick read of hero backstory from the Overwatch wiki:
“Long after the disbandment of Overwatch, Echo was being transported in a crate on a military freight train. The train was derailed by the Deadlock Gang, but they were incapacitated by McCree.
“He then proceeded to reactivate her. She was unaware of how much time had passed, and was taken aback to see that McCree’s left arm had been replaced by a cybernetic graft. He evaded telling her the details, but informed her of Winston’s recall of Overwatch agents, that while he’d been summoned, she was the one that Overwatch needed.
“He then departed on a hoverbike, saying that he had some business of his own to attend to.”