Not long after Blizzard teased Hero 28 for Overwatch on Twitter, the company revealed that the next character would be an adorable chubby cheeked hamster named Hammond (AKA Wrecking Ball). Along with the big reveal, Blizzard announced that he is available on the Public Test Realm for any PC Overwatch gamers. Those interested in this lovable rodents fascinating backstory should definitely check out his origin video below.
As Blizzard showed off in the teaser trailer leading up to the reveal, Wrecking Ball has the ability to transform himself into a ball and roll around the battlefield to increase movement speed. While in ball form, he can launch a grappling hook that tethers him to surfaces and allows the player to swing around the battlefield and inflict damage much like a real wrecking ball. Outside of wrecking ball form, he pilots a spider-like mech that has Quad Cannons that are able to tear through the competition.
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Wrecking Ball's next ability is Adaptive Shields. This provides bonus protection for each enemy in the vicinity of the hero when Adaptive Shields is activated. Another ability, Piledriver, allows the hamster to slam into the ground from a good distance up in the air and injure as well as launch other players that are in his blast zone. Finally, his ultimate Minefield lays out a generous field of explosives that explode when an enemy walks near them. Along with the video, Blizzard detailed Wrecking Ball's story on their website.
AWWWWW! He think's he's D.Va!
As mentioned above, players that own a copy of Overwatch on the PC can jump on Blizzard's Battle.net service and test the hero out right now. A new update has been released on the PTR which fans can get to by clicking the dropdown menu in the Overwatch tab of Battle.net and selecting Public Test Realm. Currently, there's no word on how long the updates will remain on the test server but if it's anything like the other major character additions, it will be 3-4 weeks.
Right on the heels of their Sombra release, Blizzard is already teasing a new character. In a recent forum thread game director, Jeff Kaplan confirmed that his team has "multiple characters in the works" following that up with "24 is not who you think it is." (http://bit.ly/2mo1dke). This seemingly confirms that the next character will not be the heavily theorized Doomfist.
Players began speculating that Doomfist may be the next hero weeks ago when Terry Crews, a huge Overwatch fan/famous actor, was spotted at the Blizzard offices. This began a long running social media campaign by fans to secure Crew's a spot to voice Doomfist. While Blizzard never gave official word on whether or not he would play the character, they've just put up a blog post which adds a new face to the lore.
Meet Efi Oladele, an 11 year old AI and Robotics expert from Numbani. She was the focal point of Blizzard's post and it is now theorized that she will be the next character to join the brawl. While it is unlikely that an 11 year old will be fighting directly on the battlefield, most think that she will send one of her robots to do the work for her. Further cementing this idea lead writer, Michael Chu also confirmed that the blog post takes place in current day Overwatch time, so we won't see an adult Efi on the field.
Blizzard Doing It Right
We hear at Gigamax are big fans of Overwatch and love that Blizzard is actively engaging the community. It's one thing to have constant updates, but another thing entirely to keep fans in the loop through the whole development process. Games that rely on fan feedback truly stand out and this could not be more true for Overwatch, especially with its recent win of another GOTY at the DICE Awards.
While Blizzard still hasn't announced who the character will be, you know that we'll be on the lookout. Make sure to keep checking back with Gigamax for all the latest in gaming news and industry updates.