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The latest Overwatch animated short is here and it provides new insight into arguably the most fundamental character in Overwatch's history: Soldier: 76!

Before reading ahead, I would suggest watching the video below:

The video follows the story of a young girl that is on her way to the shops, when a gang of men spot her. They encourage her to beat an Omnic that is lying on the ground, but she refuses. They grab her purse and run off, but she chases after them, hoping to get her purse back. Enter Soldier: 76. We see a beautiful montage of our favourite hero unveiling a completely new, Batman-esque side to him. When faced with the choice of catching the bad guys or saving the young girl, the hero within him takes over and he saves the girl.

This newest short comes in the wake of more fire being added to the rumours circling about a new hero being introduced to the game. Sombra has been referenced multiple times, including a voice line for Reaper which says:

"Where's Sombra when you need her?"

This all ties in with today's new short, given that it is based in El Dorado; in game, if you visit the map, you'll find a dossier with Sombra's name on it. D.va was teased in a similar fashion on the Hanamura level, so it's completely plausible as a hint for Sombra's appearance in game.

The fact that Soldier: 76 is in El Dorado is no coincidence. He is known to be searching for the Los Muertos gang members, as detailed in a post from Blizzard (https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/blog/20119620) and from his voice lines in the game (on Route 66 and El Dorado, notably). It's likely that Sombra is somewhere nearby, so perhaps Soldier: 76 is not only there on business, but to find her too.

The question here is, who is Sombra?

It's believed that, based on images seen in a documentary by Gamespot on the fall of Titan (http://www.gamespot.com/videos/the-story-of-overwatch-the-fall-of-titan/2300-6431806/), there is a Support sniper character shown on the character selection screen. We know that Pharah's mother was a sniper when she served under Overwatch, so it's a possibility that she is in fact Sombra. Given that many other Overwatch characters are actually detailed as "dead", it's plausible that the "dead" mother of Pharah is still very much alive.

Another theory is that Sombra might be the mother in the short, given that they don't show her, but she still narrates a huge amount. It seems strange to give so much time to a character they won't even show. There is also the possibility that Soldier: 76 is watching over the daughter, given that he knows who her mother is/was. 

What do you think? Who is she? What is the piece of information that we are all missing here?

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