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Overwatch Update: Brigitte is Hero 27

[UPDATE] Blizzard have confirmed that Torbjörn’s daughter Brigitte is indeed the next Overwatch hero. The origin trailer can be seen below.

In a second video Game Director Jeff Kaplan introduces Overwatch's 27th hero, BRIGITTE—providing some insight to her back story, abilities, and overall strategy. Brigitte is currently available for testing on the PTR.

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A new Overwatch story update has possibly revealed the identity of the game’s next hero character, and it’s all relative.

The Overwatch community does love it when Blizzard give them little nuggets of lore for the hero shooter. It was no different for the latest one when it dropped on the blog this weekend.

This Overwatch story update focuses on existing hero, the grizzled Torbjörn. The subject is Torbjörn’s letter to his wife Ingrid in the aftermath of Operation White Dome, where he was saved from certain death by Reinhardt. It originally appears in Swedish, but is translated after that.

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Torbjörn promises to let Reinhardt name his unborn daughter in return. If Reinhardt's ‘Honor and Glory’ animated short is anything to go by, then said daughter is likely to be Bridgette Lindholm, seen in that short.

We’ve provided the full letter translation at the bottom of this article, but you can read the Overwatch story update in full on the official Overwatch blog.

Previous characters to appear in Overwatch expanded universe media have ended up appearing as heroes in the game. The likes of Doomfist and Moira being key examples. So it’s not hard to imagine Bridgette being the 27th hero.

Now here’s the letter. It’s lovely.

My dear Ingrid,

I know that by now you have gotten news of my injuries in our latest mission. While the descriptions may sound terrible, the doctors are quite sure I’ll make a full recovery. Even Angela came to visit me! On the matter of my arm, I promise to make it my first priority to construct a suitable prosthesis that will make everyone forget that it was ever gone. If only Angela’s dreams of tissue regeneration were a reality! I told her she should be working harder!

They tell me that you have not yet gone into labor, so I am holding out hope that I will be able to be by your side back home in Gothenburg when the time comes. Just wait a little longer for me!

You may have heard that Reinhardt is responsible for saving my life. I’ve heard the story at least four different times myself, already, each time more unbelievable than the last. Exaggerations, as you know how he can be. All the same, they’ve decided to award him a commendation for “conspicuous bravery.” Could two words better describe the big oaf?

He has been bothering me insufferably at my bedside. Half in jest, I suggested that if it would shut him up, I would allow him to name our daughter, as he has been badgering me about it these past months. He, of course, took me at my word. Truth be told, I had been considering making him her godfather, and I hope you’ll forgive me for making this decision without your consultation. We can only hope she doesn’t take after him too much.

I told him that you would have to agree to any name he chose, so let's hope it’s a good one (though I fear that may be beyond his abilities, given some of the ridiculous names he gives the characters in his “true stories”). I’m getting sick of this hospital, so I am hoping to return soon.

Love,
Torbjörn