Overwatch, the game about building a fandom for its characters, has been teasing its newest hero since the launch of the game. Early players noticed references littered throughout levels to a mysterious character named Sombra, who appeared to be some kind of hacker – the most obvious being Reaper’s line, “Where’s Sombra when you need her?” Since the release of Ana, their sniper support hero, the hints have become a puzzle game for fans, with Blizzard dropping codes and cyphers into their videos and their websites to tease fans about the upcoming Spanish hacker.
It’s been a hell of a road. Players have had to decipher clues that would drive a professional spy nuts, leading them to decode an ASCII picture of a skull – but there, the trail went cold. Until yesterday, when this happened.
Stay on the link for a second. This seemingly innocuous link from “Skycoder” (a reference to a false trail fans were following for a few weeks) turns into a massive code. More importantly than that, the post’s time stamp seems to be counting down. Fans on Reddit have already cracked it, revealing a second skull and an email address. When they emailed that address, they received another code that was translated into the phrase: SOMBr@1NF:rM@7iON1SP0vvErrSOMBr@, or “Sombra. Information is power. Sombra.”
And that’s as far as we’ve gotten right now. For a full recap of everything that’s been found so far – and it’s a really fun read – check out the Game Detectives wiki page. Hopefully we’ll know more later today.