UPDATE: Overwatch developer Blizzard has unveiled a brand new hero called Ashe.
Ashe – aka Overwatch Hero 29 – has been revealed as the leader of the Deadlock Gang.
The official Overwatch Twitter reveals more: “Introducing Ashe—leader of the Deadlock Gang and rebellious gunslinger who’s not afraid to get her hands dirty.”
Ashe is a damage hero who can aim down her sights to line up a high damage shot. She can also fire dynamite, or “call on her omnic ally B.O.B., to join the fray when the need arises”.
In terms of a release date, expect Ashe to hit the PTR for at least a fortnight, before making the transition to the full roster.
You can watch the announcement trailer further down the page.
ORIGINAL: Overwatch fans should pay close attention to the BlizzCon 2018 festivities this weekend.
Described as a celebration of the Blizzard gaming community, BlizzCon takes place on the weekend of November 2 in Anaheim, California.
For fans in the UK, the BlizzCon 2018 opening ceremony will begin at 6pm. You can watch the opening ceremony for free on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.
With the opening ceremony out of the way, Blizzard will hold an Overwatch developer panel at 8.30pm UK time.
“Join the Overwatch developers as they share what’s next for the game and universe,” reads a BlizzCon post.
If previous years are anything to go by, there’s a good chance the ‘Overwatch: What’s Next’ panel will include a brand new character reveal.
As Daily Star points out, Blizzard revealed Sombra during BlizzCon 2016 and Moira during BlizzCon 2017.
Tune in at 8.30pm later this evening for news about Hero 29, which is rumoured to be the Junker Queen.
The Junker Queen was first seen (and heard) during the reveal for the Junkertown map.
The Junker Queen appeared in Junkertown posters and heard over the loudspeakers in a the announcement trailer.
Fans would then flood social media with drawings of the Junker Queen and requests for Blizzard to add her to the game.
BlizzCon is also the setting for this year’s Overwatch World Cup, which features eight of the best teams from around the globe.
The first Overwatch quarter-final match takes place at 7.15pm UK time later this evening.
Quarter-final two kicks off at 9.15pm GMT, followed by a third match at 11.15pm and the fourth quarter-final at 1.15am in the morning.
The first semi-final match takes place at 4.30pm on November 3, followed by the second semi-final at 6.30pm.
There’s a bronze medal match at 8.30pm and the Overwatch World Cup finals at 10.45pm GMT.