Overwatch has some sort of surprise for you next week, if this teaser means what we think it does

By Brenna Hillier, Tuesday, 4 April 2017 01:18 GMT

Overwatch players should prepare for some sort of event. Probably.

Overwatch social channels are teasing something happening next week. Could it be a new hero, a new map or mode, or perhaps an event?

Given how recently we got a new hero, our bets are on some sort of Overwatch event, like those we’ve seen fairly regularly since the shooter’s release last year. The teaser specifically highlights April 11, but is that kick-off time, or just when we’ll learn more ahead of whatever it is actually happening?

In these days of teasers-for-teasers, who can tell. One thing we’re reasonably sure of is that this won’t be an Easter event; a few months ago game director Jeff Kaplan said the Overwatch team was not planning Valentine’s Day or Easter events.

Although we did get a few little chocolate and romance themed voice lines, the big February Overwatch event was a Lunar New Year festival. It seems like scanning the calendar might likewise turn up an April event that isn’t Easter so we could guess at what’s coming to Overwatch this month, but I, at least, am drawing a blank. Any ideas?

It’s possible this event will have real world correlation and will be entirely based around Overwatch lore. So far, Overwatch’s story has been conveyed mostly through shorts and comics, and has mostly been backstory and character spotlights rather than any change in the world state or narrative momentum. Maybe that’s about to change.

It’s probably fairly safe to assume it won’t be another Sombra AR affair, despite this talk of declassifying files and whatnot. Pretty sure the Overwatch team has learned its lesson there.

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