Rialto Escort Map Arrives to the Overwatch PTR

The latest Overwatch PTR introduced the new Escort map: Rialto — located in Venice, Italy. It absolutely shows a portion of the Retribution event map, but you get access to some rooms that weren’t accessible in the event.

For example, the Talon’s headquarters and the omnic museum. On face value, there is not much to find in this map in terms of newspapers on the ground, news tickers, or any computer screen for that matter. However, if Blizzard put clever hints on what’s to come after Brigitte, maybe there are two potential clues: there is a rifle on a table near the Talon headquarter at a room full of weaponry displayed on the walls — except for that one weapon.


UPDATE 4/23: A 600MB+ patch went out for the PTR. The weapon on the table was removed. Hmm…


However, the weapon is still missing from the wall. On the left the rack of weapons (of the same kind as the one removed from the table) has six weapons. On the right, it only has five weapons. One is missing from the rack. Is Blizzard hinting something akin to the missing gauntlet in Numbani that later resulted in the new Hero: Doomfist?

UPDATE: Clicky_pen responded in reddit it is the same weapon used by the Retribution Talon troopers.

Remember the D.va poster innocently placed in the Hanamura arcade room — long before D.va was announced? Or the Sombra virus screen in El Dorado? Or the missing Doomfist gauntlet? You know what I am talking about. Blizzard planted breadcrumbs leading months later to the announcement of a new hero.

Well, this time around there is something quite out of place in Rialto. It is a large poster that says: Leonora Botruvio. Galleria D’arte Omnica (Omnic Art Gallery), with a peculiar female omnic. Could she be the next Overwatch hero?



UPDATE: Taking a look at the omnic above, there is a slight resemblance to the hero shown below:







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