Update: Echo has been confirmed, her reveal video can be seen below!
The team behind Overwatch dropped a special teaser yesterday hinting at a new hero reveal on the horizon and just like when any new cryptic message appears, Blizzard fans dive right in to make sense of it. Following numerous fan theories, Overwatch then added more lore to learn more about Dr. Mina Liao
> Accessing…— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) March 17, 2020
> File status: Corrupted.
> Playback initiated. pic.twitter.com/lGl26qvhxt
> Accessing…— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) March 16, 2020
> Fragment Recovered: Personal Log of Dr. Mina Liao
> File status: Complete pic.twitter.com/8pNW3RO1sp
Fan reactions were pretty amped up and ready for a fresh new face:
In the original video, a woman's voice can be heard ordering those around her to "stay down" in a very tense combat situation. Following the glass shattering, the feed cuts, leaving only a still of a scientist behind. According to the lore, Dr. Mina Liao was heading the Athena Project, a project that focused on AI tech in a more ethical way than those seen in Talon. Given that we've met Echo already in Ashe's reveal trailer as a capable AI, it's more than likely that she is the latest hero to be joining the roster.
Introducing Echo.— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) March 18, 2020
An evolutionary robot programmed with a rapidly adapting artificial intelligence, Echo represents the cutting edge of technology. pic.twitter.com/aStyP5F4Al