Overwatch's Next Hero May Not Be Doomfist After All

It's either superb misdirection or Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan subtlely nixed the rumor.

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There has been some speculation coursing through the Overwatch community that Doomfist might be the 24th hero coming to the game in the next few weeks. Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan may have just put the kibosh on that.

In a forum thread talking about hero emotes and actions, Kaplan popped in to answer a few questions and when the topic of the next hero came up, he vaguely responded that "24 is not who you think it is," which immediately got fans buzzing even more. Kaplan said the dev team has multiple new heroes in the works at any one time, and working on things like emotes or sitting animations are a matter of priority and "what would make the biggest impact for the most people."

"Right now, we feel like introducing a new hero to the line up would be more impactful to the game," he said,

As to who that character might be is now again open for debate. If you recall, Sombra was speculated as the next hero for months, only to have Ana released before her in July. Sombra didn't become official until BlizzCon last year, finally going live a few weeks later.

And while heroes might be launched and playable, there are still tweaks they go through besides just balancing. "New heroes will most likely not have sit and laugh emotes for some period of time after their release, he said, explaining that Sombra's emotes are still a few months out. "We'd rather not hold new hero releases for these emotes. But we do plan to add them over time." 

So hang on to that Doomfist speculation, folks. We will likely see a Terry Crews-voiced incarnation of the powerful hero, but not as soon as we hoped.

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