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As many had suspected at today’s BlizzCon 2016 keynote, a certain annoyingly illusive hacker code-named Sombra made an appearance. Her hacking into BlizzCon was accompanied with a new Overwatch animated short titled “Infiltration”, which follows Sombra, Reaper, and Widowmaker attempting an assassination of Volskya Industries CEO Katya Volskya. During the short, we can see Sombra hacking into various automated defense systems, doors, elevators, and mechs. We get to see Sombra wielding her sub-machine guns, becoming invisible, and using a personal teleporter. We also get a cameo from Zarya, perhaps hinting at a continuation of the narrative in the next Overwatch short.

Sombra is currently available to be played at BlizzCon, so if you’re lucky enough to be there you get to take her for a spin before anyone else. As of now Blizzard still hasn’t released a abilities showcase video for Sombra, but this article will be updated with the video if it comes out before too long. Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said of Sombra, “Sombra is a stealthy offensive infiltrator who can hack enemy abilities.” This looks to confirm Sombra as an Offense hero with the ability to “silence” other heroes and keep them from using their own abilities.

In addition to Sombra’s official reveal, new upcoming maps and game modes were also unveiled. The two maps talked about are Oasis, a technologically advanced city in the Arabian desert, the second map is Eco Point Antarctica (the home of an icy demon). Interestingly the Eco Point Antarctica map is going to be exclusive with the new Arcade feature coming to Overwatch. The arcade will feature exclusive game modes, the first two modes revealed are 1v1 and 3v3 arena style game modes. We will be getting more information from the Overwatch panel later today on all of these maps and features. Next week Sombra, Eco Point Antarctica, and the Arcade will be coming to the Overwatch PTR, with the Oasis map getting there in December.

What do think about Sombra finally being officially revealed? Please speculate wildly about her abilities in the comments section. What new modes would you like to see in the Arcade? 

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Kyle Downey

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Staff Writer looking to keep you both informed and entertained. Favorite games include: Pokemon, Overwatch, Golden Sun, Portal, and Elder Scrolls.