Blizzard Teases New 2020 Overwatch Hero: Echo?
A new tweet by the Overwatch account has posted what looks like a new hero teaser, akin to the ones we have seen before for Sigma, Orisa, and other heroes.
This log by Mina Liao gives a very strong vibe that the new hero might be Echo. Better yet… the tab indicates: March 20th. Today is March 16…
> Accessing… > Fragment Recovered: Personal Log of Dr. Mina Liao > File status: Complete
UPDATE 3/17: The second teaser is an audio file where Dr. Mina Liao says: “Everyone, get back! Stay down, stay down!” — you can hear a time-delayed detonator, followed by an explosion that shatters glass.
It is difficult to extrapolate what it means out of context, but I do picture a few questions after listening to the audio: Is she stealing something? Or are they under attack? Who is with her.. who is she talking to? What is held within the glass enclosure?
The third day of teasers reveals the egg-shaped device seen on the Route 66 payload, and the word: Echo. So pretty much we can say we should expect Echo as Hero 32.
My interpretation of the image teaser is that McCree is reading the train’s cargo manifesto while sitting at the table in the Route 66 restaurant — as seen in the Reunion cinematic. In-game you can see the Ketchup, Mustard, and cardboard cup shown below:
The letters and numbers in the document (87-CK-10237) correspond to this Container number.
Blizzard Entertainment has officially announced Echo as Hero 32 with a new Origin Story Video. It was quitely revealing. Mina Liao co-invented the Omnics by working for Omnica Corporation, and later Jack Morrison invited her to join Overwatch to help during the Omnic Crisis. Apparently, Mina Liao was assassinated during an attack to her lab while she was finishing Echo.
Mina Liao: They’ve breached the labs! Everyone, get back! Stay down, stay down–
(explosion, glass shatters)
Mina Liao: So… this is it. Did… I make the world a better place?
Male Executive: Today we welcome Dr. Liao to Omnica Corporation.
Mina Liao: They had every reason to doubt me.
Morrison: You should join us.
Mina Liao: But I helped create the omnics.
Morrison: And who better to help us fight them?
Mina Liao: And only Overwatch believed.
Mina Liao: You are my life’s work. You will be everything I dreamed.
Mina Liao: All I wanted… All I needed…
Mina Liao: … was to help the world.
Echo: And so she created me. Her legacy.
Echo: Her promise.
WHO IS ECHO?
Echo is a new hero first introduced in the Overwatch Animated Short: “Reunion” — where McCree liberated Echo from the egg-shaped device atop the payload in Route 66.
Echo was also featured in the Overwatch 2 cinematic: Zero Hour.