After the runaround players went through before the eventual Sombra reveal, the last thing Overwatch players want is another crazy ARG, puzzle, or other hoops to jump through when it comes to the next Overwatch hero. Rumors have been circulating that we may finally see Doomfist, though Blizzard seems to have some other ideas. Today Blizzard released an interview with Efi Oladele, and it’s hard not to believe that she’ll have some bearing on Overwatch moving forward.
Blizzard in general, and Overwatch specifically have always been very detailed with the lore of their worlds and characters. It could be argued that Overwatch lore is more interesting than the game itself, though it’s at least partially because of that lore that the game is so much fun.
Efi Oladele is a bit of a headscratcher though. An eleven-year-old girl and AI/Robotics expert, it’s somewhat unlikely that she will be the next Overwatch hero. I can only imagine the backlash Blizzard would receive if their popular first person shooter had players shooting children. Overwatch features a wide age range when it comes to its heroes, but all of them are legally adults. Even if characters respawn almost immediately after death, it’s just a bit of a no-no to include children in shooting games.
Now, if Efi is an AI/Robotics expert, she could conceivably build the next Overwatch Hero. Her interview is in relation to winning the Adawe Foundation’s prestigious “genius grant,” and her answer related to what she plans on doing with her winnings is cryptic at best:
Speaking of which, do you have any plans for what you’re going to do with your grant? New computer? College tuition?
Oh… I have an idea…
It’s a secret for now… but my parents are taking me on a trip to celebrate! It’ll be my first time flying, so I can’t wait.
Could we be looking at another robotic hero? There have also been rumors of an AI-based hero, though those have related more to the existing Athena AI that is used throughout the game. If Efi is simply in control of the next robotic hero, that would still potentially be a risky proposition for Blizzard. It would have to be a very controlled situation to be able to introduce child soldiers, even behind a computer.
It’s too early to know exactly what Blizzard has up their sleeves here, but feel free to speculate wildly in the comment section below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.Source: Overwatch