One Reddit fan has built on the popular theory that Overwatch's forthcoming 28th hero will be Hammond in a new post on the game's subreddit.
Since Blizzard tweeted a teaser for the next Overwatch hero, the predominant theory has been that Hammond, another monkey that lived on the Horizon Lunar Colony with Winston, would be the new hero.
Redditor Taylonic has added fuel to the Hammond fire with new observations and a unique spin on the theory. Taylonic noticed that matching monkey wrenches could be seen in Hammond's room on Horizon Lunar Colony and in the Junkertown spawn room, where a mech labeled "K-NG^2" stands.
The mech's label was thought to mean "KING", but with the squared symbol could just as easily mean "KING KONG." From these two facts, Taylonic theorizes that Hammond crash-landed in the Junkertown wasteland, where he became a mech pilot.
While this link is tenuous, there are more small details that add credibility to the theory. For one, the Blizzard teaser shows a very clear monkey and a half-obscured "scrapyard," calling the Junkertown arena to mind.
From a gameplay perspective, a mech-piloting Hammond could easily be a tank hero, filling a request fans have had since Orisa released in March 2017. And, from a story perspective, a scrappy, junk-focused mech-pilot would be obviously distinct from the mild-mannered Winston, making Hammond unique.
Only time will tell if the newest Overwatch hero will turn out to be a monkey mech fighter.
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