The official Overwatch Twitter account is teasing the arrival of a new hero coming soon in the form of a “Personal Log” file belonging to the character of “Liao.”
In the game’s lore, Liao was one of the founding members of Overwatch, but not much is known about them.
“Fragment Recovered: Personal Log of Dr. Mina Liao,” the account tweeted alongside an image of a log file.
The log file references how Soldier 76, referred to as ‘Jack,’ approved a new project after the success of an “Athena prototype” potentially talking about Echo.
The file continues to add that people are “scared” of the Omnics.
According to the log, the new project would help people “understand that the potential of artificial life is so much greater than what we have to gain by treating them as our property.”
> Fragment Recovered: Personal Log of Dr. Mina Liao
> File status: Complete pic.twitter.com/8pNW3RO1sp
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) March 16, 2020
It’s unclear who the character being teased is, but Overwatch has a history of using these log files to hype up and tease heroes before revealing them.
They also sometimes have a history of misdirection. For example, when Brigitte was first teased, many believed the teasers pointed to Jetpack Cat or another hero being announced.
Liao has been rumored for quite some time. Even in 2020, former lead Overwatch writer Michael Chu wrote that Liao was “definitely still an important character” and there was “more to come.”
Definitely still an important character. More to come!
— Michael Chu ? (@westofhouse) January 25, 2020
It’d also possible that the tease could be for the character of Echo, who was first unveiled at BlizzCon 2018 during the Reunion animated short. Could Echo be the “Athena prototype” referenced in the log? As Dexerto previously reported, French streamer Altheaow claimed to know when the next hero was coming and what class they’d belong to.
In a March 4 broadcast, he claimed that French commentator AlphaCast told him that a new hero coming either at the middle or end of the month. “Spoiler alert, this is a support,” he said during the stream.
It seems like these rumors may have been accurate after all. So far it’s anyone’s guess as to who the hero is, but all eyes will be on Blizzard now that the hype has officially begun.