Overwatch's Sombra Hero Officially Revealed

Overwatch's Sombra Hero Officially Revealed

Blizzard has finally officially revealed Sombra, a new offense hero whose abilities revolve around hacking.

Blizzard has been teasing Sombra via an ARG for months now, and despite a leak confirming the character last month, it has yet to officially announce her. Today, as part of the BlizzCon 2016 opening ceremony, it finally lifted the curtain on her, revealing Sombra as a new offense hero whose abilities revolve around stealth and hacking.

Here's a breakdown of her abilities:

Primary Attack: MACHINE PISTOL
Sombra's fully-automatic machine pistol fires in a short-range spread.

First Ability: HACK
Sombra hacks enemies to temporarily stop them from using their abilities, or hacks first aid kits to make them useless to her opponents.

Second Ability: THERMOPTIC CAMO
Sombra becomes invisible for a short period of time, during which her speed is boosted considerably. Attacking, using offensive abilities, or taking damage disables her camouflage.

Third Ability: TRANSLOCATOR
Sombra tosses out a translocator beacon. She can instantly return to the beacon's location while it is active (including when it's in mid-flight).

Ultimate Ability: EMP
Sombra discharges electromagnetic energy in a wide radius, destroying enemy barriers and shields and hacking all opponents caught in the blast.

Check her out in action below, and be sure to watch her introductory animated short in the video above.

Alongside Sombra, Blizzard also revealed two new maps for the game: Oasis, a new control-point map, and Ecopoint: Antarctica, a compact new arena map featuring multiple new game modes, including a 3-vs.-3 battle and 1-on-1 duel. Check them out below:

Blizzard didn't give any timeframe as to when Sombra and the new maps will be released, but look forward to them in the coming months. Hopefully before 2017...

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Cool ideas for a character, but did they give her an undercut just because she's related (not in a familial way obviously) to Zarya or something? The short made it seem that way.

Also, poor Russia. They always get the short end of the stick, in this case being the robophobic race.

Interesting concept though I am wondering if the area of effects the character possess would not be O.P. in some unforeseen way.

If and when they add a Canadian character it would probably be an offensive melee blitzer.

Bob_McMillan:

Also, poor Russia. They always get the short end of the stick, in this case being the robophobic race.

Considering the Omnic Crisis, and that Russia is currently the only country engaged in the Second Omnic Crisis, I can't blame them. Besides, anti-omnic sentiment is alive and well within the setting (e.g. King's Row and the Junkers).

Steven Bogos:
First Ability: HACK
Sombra hacks enemies to temporarily stop them from using their abilities, or hacks first aid kits to make them useless to her opponents.

As a Tracer main, you have no idea how triggered I am by this.
How am I supposed to survive with only 150hp and no abilities, huh Blizzard?

Whatev's. On the bright side, maybe for once I might finally be able to kill a fucking Ana without always getting sleep-darted. That will be a nice change.

IceForce:

Steven Bogos:
First Ability: HACK
Sombra hacks enemies to temporarily stop them from using their abilities, or hacks first aid kits to make them useless to her opponents.

As a Tracer main, you have no idea how triggered I am by this.
How am I supposed to survive with only 150hp and no abilities, huh Blizzard?

Whatev's. On the bright side, maybe for once I might finally be able to kill a fucking Ana without always getting sleep-darted. That will be a nice change.

It's my understanding that her Hack has a brief channel time, and any damage interrupts it. She has to get the drop on you in order for it to work.

Really, Sombra feels like a support to me. She has no abilities that directly deal damage or aid her in dealing damage, and she has a fairly short-ranged weapon. She mostly concentrates on disabling her opponents as opposed to actually killing them on her own.

SlumlordThanatos:

IceForce:

Steven Bogos:
First Ability: HACK
Sombra hacks enemies to temporarily stop them from using their abilities, or hacks first aid kits to make them useless to her opponents.

As a Tracer main, you have no idea how triggered I am by this.
How am I supposed to survive with only 150hp and no abilities, huh Blizzard?

Whatev's. On the bright side, maybe for once I might finally be able to kill a fucking Ana without always getting sleep-darted. That will be a nice change.

It's my understanding that her Hack has a brief channel time, and any damage interrupts it. She has to get the drop on you in order for it to work.

To be fair I don't think would be that hard especially with her Invisibility

Really, Sombra feels like a support to me. She has no abilities that directly deal damage or aid her in dealing damage, and she has a fairly short-ranged weapon. She mostly concentrates on disabling her opponents as opposed to actually killing them on her own.

Honestly to borrow a Heroes of the storm phrase she seems more like a specialist, Someone who can't be really classified so they just dumped her on offense.

Sure took a while, or at least it feels like it. At this pace, I'll revisit in two years before it's interesting enough.
To be honest, I'd like my money back. It's not at all a big enough title to have warranted the full price and it's more greedy than "F2P" games in the skins department, especially when it's a gamble.

Invisibility? So now we have the whole TF2 roster covered, at least. Do we know if they plan for a cap on the number of champions, or are they going to go full LoL and keep releasing until the game becomes pure chaos?

Maybe the stealth'll be interesting to play with, but personally she's not a character I'm overly fussed about.. Aside from the fact that she's an actual Mexican character, in contrast to Reaper, who's pretty generic in terms of nationality.

The animated short was great though. I loved how all of the mechs use the same gun as Zarya.

Smilomaniac:
Sure took a while, or at least it feels like it. At this pace, I'll revisit in two years before it's interesting enough.
To be honest, I'd like my money back. It's not at all a big enough title to have warranted the full price and it's more greedy than "F2P" games in the skins department, especially when it's a gamble.

I never understand why people come to these threads purely to complain. I mean, I'm genuinely curious as to what the point of it is.

On the official forums or Overpwn, it makes sense, because people with influence on the game may see it and take the feedback on board. They won't see it on this forum.

I just don't see any motivation to navigate through an article about a game just to announce that you hate the game overall. Why not put the same amount of effort into voicing criticisms constructively where they'll see? Then maybe your voice'll have impact on game progression.

they make pretty good trailers that would give hte indication that the game has a story line and yet we have none of that. never the less, the character seems ot be really interesting and i sure will try her out.

Looks pretty cool.

That said, I haven't played and don't follow Overwatch, so I'm a little disappointed I completely misread the thread title and thought Blizzard was coming out with a line of Mexican hatwear.

Meh, not enough Crysssssssstalssssss :P

Still would like a full on Overwatch movie.

Kibeth41:

I never understand why people come to these threads purely to complain. I mean, I'm genuinely curious as to what the point of it is.

On the official forums or Overpwn, it makes sense, because people with influence on the game may see it and take the feedback on board. They won't see it on this forum.

I just don't see any motivation to navigate through an article about a game just to announce that you hate the game overall. Why not put the same amount of effort into voicing criticisms constructively where they'll see? Then maybe your voice'll have impact on game progression.

Complaining about complaining :)

Just venting and bringing about at least one good point; Blizzard is a slow developer and has trouble keeping their things relevant. No one I know plays it anymore and while the production value of the game is very high, it has all the Blizzard issues of taking no risks and keeping things as stale as possible, for the benefit of low barrier to entry and "balanced" gameplay.

If someone reads it and thinks better of purchasing the game, then it's been beneficial. As for suggesting anything to Blizzard, you just have to look at WoW and see how poorly that works. Unless you have players unsubscribing en masse, they don't respond at all.

Smilomaniac:

Complaining about complaining :)

Just venting and bringing about at least one good point; Blizzard is a slow developer and has trouble keeping their things relevant. No one I know plays it anymore and while the production value of the game is very high, it has all the Blizzard issues of taking no risks and keeping things as stale as possible, for the benefit of low barrier to entry and "balanced" gameplay.

If someone reads it and thinks better of purchasing the game, then it's been beneficial. As for suggesting anything to Blizzard, you just have to look at WoW and see how poorly that works. Unless you have players unsubscribing en masse, they don't respond at all.

Actually. I'm questioning why you're complaining here specifically. HUUUUUGE difference there.

Abd you're wrong about that. They do look at feedback quite regularly. After 10 years of playing Blizzard games and frequenting their forums, I've noticed it a LOT. Especially when it comes to constructive balance suggestions. They just don't incorporate literally every whine on the forums. Again, HUUUUUUGE difference.

EDIT: Oh, and it's very vain to assume that just because your circle of friends doesn't play Overwatch, that it isn't relevant. Maybe they behind closed doors, maybe your circle consists of around 4 people. Anecdotal evidence is about as significant as a fart.

Catnip1024:
Invisibility? So now we have the whole TF2 roster covered, at least. Do we know if they plan for a cap on the number of champions, or are they going to go full LoL and keep releasing until the game becomes pure chaos?

I don't think they can do that because there's only so many 'kit' sets they can do whilst still keeping things properly balanced and not overlapping roles too much.

Besides its been five months since Ana. Assuming a similar rate of 5-6 months from now on that's only two per year.

Though I hope to God they don't do what they've done with Sombra again. I read somewhere that Sombra feels less like a character now and more like a meme because of how they've agonisingly dragged this out and I somewhat agree. I was interested at first but for a while now its just been exhausting to hear about her. I'm just glad she's apparently finally coming out so we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

Her kit looks good though. That ultimate could be very powerful though apparently its quite limited in range and its LoS only. From what I've seen anyway.

Kibeth41:
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How about practicing what you preach and respect the fact that other opinions exist? Or is that too contructive and civil for you?
You got all the answers you could want, the rest of it leans up against fanboyism and I don't deal with that kind of nonsense.

Lightspeaker:
I don't think they can do that because there's only so many 'kit' sets they can do whilst still keeping things properly balanced and not overlapping roles too much.

Besides its been five months since Ana. Assuming a similar rate of 5-6 months from now on that's only two per year.

Though I hope to God they don't do what they've done with Sombra again. I read somewhere that Sombra feels less like a character now and more like a meme because of how they've agonisingly dragged this out and I somewhat agree. I was interested at first but for a while now its just been exhausting to hear about her. I'm just glad she's apparently finally coming out so we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

Her kit looks good though. That ultimate could be very powerful though apparently its quite limited in range and its LoS only. From what I've seen anyway.

It's really 5 months since Ana was released? Jesus, time has been flying...

I agree that there is only so much they can do championwise whilst keeping the game tidy. But I thought that about LoL, and they got carried away with the f2p model and kept releasing champs until all the old fun ones were obsolete.

Catnip1024:
It's really 5 months since Ana was released? Jesus, time has been flying...

Yup. I looked it up. July apparently. I don't know where the time went. X-D

I agree that there is only so much they can do championwise whilst keeping the game tidy. But I thought that about LoL, and they got carried away with the f2p model and kept releasing champs until all the old fun ones were obsolete.

I think the way they do Overwatch has an advantage on keeping things tight compared to LoL. By that I mean: LoL champions are purchased whereas they give Overwatch heroes completely for free. Sure they make money on the extra skins but it'd be cheaper and easier for them to just keep making extra skins for existing characters rather than totally designing new ones.

So I think any new heroes will come at a relatively slower rate. :)

Smilomaniac:

Kibeth41:
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How about practicing what you preach and respect the fact that other opinions exist? Or is that too contructive and civil for you?
You got all the answers you could want, the rest of it leans up against fanboyism and I don't deal with that kind of nonsense.

I literally never criticized you having negative opinion.

Again, I'm inquiring as to why you choose to announce to people here that you dislike a product, rather than using the same effort to constructively voice the complaints in a place where they'd have an impact.

It may have come across different, but I've been trying to ask politely. Yet you keep aggressively dodging the question.

Yyyyyyeah from initial information, she seemed incredibly OP - I hate characters who specialise in taking away what makes other characters unique - but now that we know more about her (more or less that she doesn't really affect my two or three mains), I'm not really bothered by her anymore - at least she'll probably be easy to kill.

I do agree with what other people say though and that I think she's been fatigued by hype; they took too long releasing her and kept jerking her around so now it's like "finally" instead of "Oh, that's exciting".

Been difficult to give her a proper go on PTR as six-team Sombras against Hard AI inevitably fail and I am forced to switch to my main (Which has recently become Junkrat).

I wouldn't call her too terribly OP, as Junkrat I kept trapping a Sombra who thought she could keep sneaking behind my team in one of those 3v3's. I've been shut down a handful of times though and it is a bit irritating but hey, changes the way you act around her. We just gotta adjust.

 

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