Behind the cold, metal mech is a cute and fluffy operator.
It’s Wrecking Ball!
Meet Wrecking Ball, the newest hero to join the Overwatch.
We’ve been teased about it a week ago, and just today the new hero has been revealed — it’s Hammond the hamster!
A resourceful tinkerer with remarkable mechanic skills, Wrecking Ball is rolling around the world seeking out his next challenge to overcome.
Wrecking Ball (real name Hammond) is basically a genetically mutated hamster originally belonging to one of the many experiments in the Horizon Lunar Colony.
This little mechanic would secretly go out during the night and would come back to his experimentation cell with a new knowledge about piloting mechs.
Eventually the Horizon Lunar Colony went into a chaotic state where most animals rebelled against the human scientists. This was when Hammond met Winston, a gorilla who was planning to escape to earth.
Hammond sensed his opportunity. He built a makeshift capsule and secretly hitched it to Winston’s craft as the gorilla blased off.
Their mech landed on Junkertown, where Hammond modified his escape pod into a devastating mech.
One of the funniest tank characters in Overwatch
In behalf of the Overwatch team, Jeff Kaplan gave us some of their insights about the new hero.
Wrecking Ball is a tank. I think he’s one of the funniest characters we’ve ever added to Overwatch.
Jeff explained that unlike Winston, Hammond cannot speak English or any other language. In other words, Hammond cannot talk. However the mech he modified comes with an AI that can translate Hammond’s cute animal noise.
On June 22, the OW team released a short clip of what was speculated to be a new Overwatch map.
The tweet on their account (@PlayOverwatch) reads “Calm before the storm.” and from there we can see a poorly-lit area with all these old posters sticking on the walls.
The next teaser came in days later, where a six-second clip of what seems to be a wheel or a ball came in to the same picture. The tweet reads “Rolling through.”
Since then, fans have created speculations about this new ball-powered hero.
Wrecking Ball is now live and available for testing on Overwatch’s PTR.