New Overwatch Hero 28 is a Hamster Character in a Mech Ball Named Hammond

He's rollin' through. 

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The official Overwatch Twitter account has just posted the reveal for Hero 28, and it looks like the adorable hamster in a mech ball, Hammond. While the tweet doesn't officially name the character, speculation across the internet and previous lore materials referring to the hamster appear to confirm this information. 

Strangely, however, this is all the information that came about regarding Hammond today, with no official name reveal or anything like that. Some might be inclined to think that this is all a clever ruse, being that this short clip has amassed such little fanfare. 

This could just be a tease from Blizzard to get fans talking, and the new hero could indeed be someone else entirely. Typically, heroes get the full reveal treatment by Jeff Kaplan and other bits and pieces of information come out about them at the same time. We haven't seen any additional details about Hammond just yet, but we're still waiting around to hear if he's going to indeed be the new Hero 28 everyone's been clamoring for. 

We'll keep you updated, whatever the case may be, whether this adorable new champion really is hero 28, or if it's a red herring we've got to watch out for on the road to the real one in the future. 

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    June 28, 2018 7:36 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, New Overwatch Hero 28 is a Hamster Character in a Mech Ball Named Hammond

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      June 28, 2018 8:07 AM

      Should have been named Harvey and voiced by weird Al. Missed opportunity, Blizzard!

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      June 28, 2018 8:38 AM

      HAMMOND YOU IDIOT!

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      June 28, 2018 9:08 AM

      ballistic from metal warriors called

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      June 28, 2018 10:25 AM

      I honestly can't decide if that's the best or worst Overwatch hero concept I've ever heard.

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      June 28, 2018 10:43 AM

      Did the monkey dude ever get revealed?

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        June 28, 2018 10:46 AM

        Winston? He's been in it for a while

      • Zek
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        June 28, 2018 10:49 AM

        That's who this is, we all simply assumed he was a monkey because he came from Winston's moon base.

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      June 28, 2018 10:50 AM

      Spared no expense.

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      June 28, 2018 10:59 AM

      Blizzard can do no wrong huh

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      June 28, 2018 11:23 AM

      I actually really like this

    • Zek
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      June 28, 2018 11:34 AM

      Developer update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTDAJ0DGLXY

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      June 28, 2018 11:40 AM

      on PTR, this hero is insane

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        June 28, 2018 11:54 AM

        he's so insanely mobile. everyone is just fucking around on him right now so it's hard to tell balance.

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        June 28, 2018 3:57 PM

        "who ever thought Overwatch would turn into hamster battle royale?"

        Comment I saw pass by on a PTR stream.

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      June 28, 2018 11:42 AM

      okay dumbness aside a hero with a grapple that lets him spiderman around smashing into stuff sounds fucking awesome

      • Zek
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        June 28, 2018 11:56 AM

        This guy is streaming gameplay: https://www.twitch.tv/esl_alphacast

        He spawns in third person ball form and just rolls around grappling on stuff as much as he wants. You only convert to firing mode when you need to. I can't tell from watching this guy what the "correct" form of engagement is though (shooting vs battering). Battering people seems very difficult since you have to grapple to reach damaging speeds I think.

        • Zek
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          June 28, 2018 11:58 AM

          Saw him ram into a Sombra just now and it hardly did any damage, so that's definitely not his main mode of attack. But it does a ton of knockback.

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            June 28, 2018 12:31 PM

            It does 50 damage on impact, 100 damage on a pile driver, so it's pretty strong. D.va's boop damage is 10 right now and people were complaining when it was 25 for reference.

            • Zek
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              June 28, 2018 12:39 PM

              Yeah but this is way harder to do since it needs to be from a high speed swing, Dva had a boop + melee combo she could trigger instantly on demand. I think Wrecking Ball will want to land the impact on the approach if he can, but he should then start shooting rather than just continuing to swing around in a fight.

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                June 28, 2018 12:42 PM

                I'm just correcting "Saw him ram into a Sombra just now and it hardly did any damage".

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          June 28, 2018 12:08 PM

          Haha, him swinging around in a circle was hilarious.

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          June 28, 2018 12:40 PM

          I'm guessing the play is going to be to swing into the middle of an enemy pack, pop the dynamic shield for like 1000+hp, then combo with a zarya to drop the proximity mines.

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            June 28, 2018 12:44 PM

            I am 1000000% on board with this

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              June 28, 2018 12:45 PM

              +100 style points for grav bombing through Symmetra’s portal

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            June 28, 2018 12:49 PM

            The mines spread downward at a slight outward angle, so if you drop them mid air you'll have a larger spread than if you deploy on the ground. The pile driver also does CC knock up and pulls enemies inward a bit, so the combo could also be, grapple, ult, piled river, adaptive, primary. Adaptive is 100 + 100 per enemy in radius, which seems pretty good.

            Some of the OWL / Blizzard folks are talking about low probability grapple into impact, pile driver on the same target.

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          June 28, 2018 12:45 PM

          His shield is nuts. 100 base plus 100 per enemy in the vicinity - that's 700 if you hit all six.

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            June 28, 2018 1:07 PM

            Meh, it'll be 500 max because the guys playing Widowmaker and Hanzo terribly will be way off in a corner not doing a fucking thing.

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          June 28, 2018 1:04 PM

          Wow he looks annoying as shit to play against.

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            June 28, 2018 1:15 PM

            Doesn't seem nearly so bad on Seagull's stream. Seagull, xQc, and a few other high tier players are in a custom match and his massive hit box seems easy to hit. Seagull has been talking to one of the developers about the current patch and the future:
            https://www.twitch.tv/a_seagull

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            June 28, 2018 2:04 PM

            he's not that bad. his ult is really good, and his dps is pretty damn high with his guns at close range, but he's not that hard to kill either. he's really good at circling shit like the bell on hanamura or whatever where he can just stay at top speed and knock people off the point by circling. he's pretty terrain dependent imo, in that in certain areas he's gonna have a great time, but in tight corridors not as much. people are also playing quite recklessly with him though, so it's hard to tell in a serious match. his left control is the hardest thing to aim imo. it's good at capture points and whatnot though where you know people need to stay.

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        June 28, 2018 12:25 PM

        Infinite wrecking ball spin is hilarious.

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      June 28, 2018 3:59 PM

      Hammond - who doesn't talk as "that would be completely ridculous" according to Kaplan - is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker.

      His mech is voiced by Jonathan Lipow.

      https://twitter.com/westofhouse/status/1012459928152260608

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      June 28, 2018 5:00 PM

      Hammond completely changes the dynamics of some maps.

      https://clips.twitch.tv/AmorphousLongButterflyBlargNaut

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        June 28, 2018 5:15 PM

        I was watching that game from Seagull's perspective and he was trying to do the same thing from the opposite direction but couldn't quite get it lined up, but while he was swinging around down there J3sus just pops in, takes one swing then pops back out the other direction like it's no big deal, then this happened a minute or two later.

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        June 28, 2018 6:45 PM

        Yeah it's hard to control but with some practice his mobility will be amazing. That's their own fault for not being on the objective though

      • Zek
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        June 28, 2018 7:06 PM

        Well he's not the only character that can do that trick, but yeah his mobility when done well is unprecedented.