Overwatch Fans Find New Clues About The Mysterious Hero Sombra

Overwatch’s Summer Games video
Overwatch’s Summer Games video

About 2,000 Overwatch fans are currently hard at work deciphering the game’s latest clue about the unreleased hero Sombra. Yesterday, Blizzard published a video announcing their Summer Games seasonal event, which, Redditors think, surreptitiously holds new hints about Sombra, allegedly a hacker hero whose name translates to “Shadow.” A day later, these “Game Detectives” have yet to unravel the mystery.


Sombra has been teased for the last few months. In early July, Overwatch’s Game Director Jeff Kaplan told Kotaku reporter Nathan Grayson that “Sombra will let people know when she wants more to be known about her.” Most recently, at the end of the hero Ana’s July 19th developer update video, a few lines of static translated into a QR code that fans converted into the voice line, “Was that easy? Now that I have your attention, let’s make things more difficult.”

That mystery took four hours and seven steps to resolve. Yesterday’s mystery is still opaque, but we’ll update when the Game Detectives figure it out.

What they have found is enigmatic and involved. On the PC trailer for the Summer Games, Tracer jump starts a race, leaving a trail of text in her stead. When deciphered using the Base64 cipher, a new code emerged, prefaced by the word “salted.” This indicates that this new code is, again, encrypted. To decrypt it, the Game Detectives will need to find its “key,” essentially a password.

Later in the video, the Game Detectives discerned what they believe to be a set of cardinal directions and letters associated with certain Overwatch maps. For example, 30 seconds into the video, the word “West” and a downward-pointing arrow are visible behind the hero Symmetra in Watchpoint: Gibraltar.

From Reddit:


Currently, various theories ranging in viability are flying around (trolling has been reported in the Game Detectives’ Discord chat, feeding off fans’ enthusiasm). We will update when the truth is unearthed.

Senior reporter at Kotaku.



I can’t wait for Sombra, then we can have a whole new team of players that absolutely suck playing as her/it. BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW HOW GREAT IT IS IN COMPETITIVE MODE TO HAVE SOMEONE PICK ANA and when you expect support help, they do jack and shit because they think she’s a queen bee sniper...it’s worse than the Hanzo/Genji’s that never are involved, trying to snipe and hide....worse than the Reinhardt’s that just CHARGE into EVERYTHING....and who could forget the Bastion players that when you hook them up as MERCY fail to even budge when taking damage, like YOU AREN’T INVINCIBLE. YOU REALIZE THIS ISN’T HOW THIS WORKS RIGHT?