Blizzard Entertainment released a blog containing information about a potential new map and plot point for Overwatch.
Written as a news release, the blog talks about the "possible fate" of the Horizon Lunar Colony, the home of playable hero Winston. Graphics of exchanged communications between the scientists of the colony reveal that genetically modified gorillas were acting out, one named Hammond was missing and then that there was an issue with the airlock before the messages cut out.
A possible map of the colony was included, and a list of gorilla specimens included on the left side. Most importantly, underneath the specimen list is a section saying "Not Found", under which are the names "Hammond" and "Winston".
So what does this mean?
There's immense speculation that this is a new map to be added to the game or an event-exclusive map that would function similarly to the Uprising event. There are also theories about the identity of the missing Hammond, functioning as the villain to Winston similar to how Reaper is the villain to Soldier 76, or Widowmaker to Tracer.
There's also a theory amongst those familiar with Overwatch lore that Hammond is the enigmatic Doomfist, a gauntlet-clad being that could "level skyscrapers", of which there have been three successive individuals so far. While there isn't much out yet to support or refute this idea, who knows, maybe Doomfist is a primate. Weirder things have happened.
Or it could be totally boring and Hammond is just a new playable character and not a villainous one.
Meanwhile, Blizzard's been fielding complaints about the loot boxes for the Overwatch anniversary event. Soon after launch, complaints arose that the event-exclusive items were too hard to get in the limited window of time. With 11 skins and a plethora of dance emotes that people are purchasing loot boxes and level grinding for, the yield has been... pathetic.
I myself have only gotten two skins and one dance emote after hours and hours of gameplay since the event launch.
In response, the game director said that Blizzard is listening, but have no immediate plans for action. Have a new map instead! Don't think about it! Who really wants a badass Symmetra skin? Not you! Look at these missing gorillas! Very important stuff.
While I am endlessly appreciative of Blizzard's new content and willingness to try new things to make Overwatch fresh and exciting, revealing the information during the anniversary event is overwhelming and feels like a distraction from the event's problems.
I might just be grumpy that I don't have the Mercy dance emote.
Regardless, it looks like new content for the game is on the Horizon... Lunar Colony.
Ha ha ha ha.
I'm so sorry.