Overwatch fans had expected something to happen yesterday, following months of cryptic hints and speculation surrounding the identity of the game's next hero. With no big character reveal happening at this year's Gamescom, players were quick to point out that perhaps we'd hear something about Overwatch's 23rd playable hero on the 23rd day of the month.
For those Overwatch fans who are in to cracking the code on revealing the next hero of the game, then I know you’re probably disappointed yesterday as we’ve expected that Blizzard will reveal the 23rd playable character of the game. But, it turns out that they didn’t. Instead, they just gave us another cryptic hints which you can on Blizzard’s officialforums.
But wait! Don’t get your hopes down just yet. as these cryptic codes leads to some pretty interesting facts about the 23rd possible hero of the game.
Late last night a hidden message was discovered on the Battle.net forum, disguised as a glitch. You should know, by the way, that Overwatch's next hero is thought to be called Sombra and specializes in both hacking and deception.
The post reads "la que tiene la información; tiene el poder", which in Spanish, it evenly translates to "she who has the information, has the power”
After a few seconds and your screen will glitch out, replacing the original post with a bunch of code.
If you run these codes through base64, it will reveal a skull. For those who have followed this ARG, then you already know that there has been a skull almost similar to this which was revealed in the past.
What’s interesting about these two skulls is when you put them together through Caesar-23 cipher, it will translate into Spanish words:
Which in Spanish reads:
"I PROMISED A GAME, I BELIEVE YOU, GAMEDETECTIVES WOULD CALL IT A TRAILHEAD BLZGDAUSA-AMBAS-CALAVERAS.HTML".
The last part of that sentence is clearly a link to the next piece in the puzzle and when added to the end of a generic Blizzard URL, it reveals a video.
On the video, you’ll see vital signs for a character called Janina Kowalska, which isn't a name we initially recognise. But! Given the nature of her injuries, it's likely a pseudonym for Ana Amari, the previous Overwatch hero to be revealed.
Well, what does that tell us about Sombra? Nothing. Unless, that is, you download the video and read its description: "Parecen estar muy interesados en estos "héroes". ¿Tal vez les interese conocer algunos detallitos que he averiguado sobre ellos?"
That then translates to: "You seem to be really interested in these 'heroes'. Maybe it'll interest you to know some details that I found out about them?"
More than that, you see the heartbeat in the bottom right of the video? See how it's separated from the text with a series of vertical lines? Count them and you'll find that there's actually 26 lines, equating to the 26 letters in the alphabet. Of course there is.
If we watch the video from start to finish, we find that the heartbeat is actually spelling out "AMOMENTINCRIME", referencing the fake TV show used to first reveal the heroes Junkrat and Roadhog.
Head over to http://amomentincrime.com/ and you'll find yet more Spanish text:
This translates to:
"... Connecting ... ... Protocol v1.3 Shadow started ... ... Sneaking up automatic email response tracks ... ... Terminating connection ..."
I'm not sure what that's telling us exactly, but if you go back to the tweet originally sent out with the Junkers trailer back in September of last year, you'll notice that it includes an email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send it an email and you'll receive one back, that looks something like this. This leads to yet another cryptic message and presumably the rabbit hole goes deeper still.
Oh! Also! The original post that started this whole thing? If you pay close attention to when it claims to have been posted, you'll notice that it's actually counting downwards. When it first appeared on Battle.net, the post was already 20+ hours old and yet it's now claiming to have been posted just nine hours ago. I wonder what happens when that number reaches 0.
We expect that to happen at about 2PM EST. See you then, fellow Overwatch nerds.