Overwatch Echo: Teaser Appears to Confirm Echo as Next Hero

Echo may be the next Overwatch hero.
Echo may be the next Overwatch hero. / Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment

Overwatch Echo seems to be the next hero in line to be added to the game. An Overwatch teaser revealed on Twitter on Wednesday appears to have confirmed the character as the next playable hero.

The Overwatch teaser shows a cargo manifest for a vehicle with a photo of Echo's pod as it was depicted in the "Reunion" animated short. The manifest itself lists the "Reference" for the object as "Echo," with security level ultraviolet.

Overwatch Echo: Teaser Appears to Confirm Echo as Next Hero

Two previous teaser released Tuesday also could be construed as hinting toward Echo arriving as the next playable hero. The first was the personal log of Dr. Mina Liao, an Overwatch scientist working on the Athena project — an attempt to create one of the powerful AI known as God Programs. (Overwatch fans will recognize the name Athena as being that of Winston's AI friend from the "Recall" short.) Echo could plausibly be the result of Liao's experiments.

The second teaser was a short animation showing a photo of a doctor — possibly Dr. Mina Liao, but unconfirmed as such — and played an audio clip of a woman telling everyone around her to stay back just before an explosion. Athena's symbol is displayed in the bottom left of the teaser. Little else ties the teaser to Echo explicitly.

Echo's first Overwatch appearance took place in the "Reunion" animated short, which debuted at BlizzCon 2018. That short led to the release of Ashe as a playable hero, but Overwatch developers have repeatedly assured players since that Echo will eventually join the cast of playable heroes.