Blizzard has always been keen on dropping hints about upcoming content through immersive storytelling. By paying attention to the lore, especially the stories that are told through out-of-game cinematics and events, the possibility of Doomfist as an upcoming release is more than just a tease. While his character traits and release date still lay in the land of speculation, there is plenty that can be extracted about this upcoming hero’s skill set, play style, and lore contribution.
How Doomfist Will Play
Doomfist as a character has been present in the Overwatch universe since the very first cinematic release. In the now-famous animated short, Doomfist’s powerful gauntlet is seen in one of the museum’s exhibits. After being given a short backstory by the younger brother, it is then used as a weapon of defense to take down Widowmaker and aid the members of Overwatch in a small victory.
With the iron gauntlet as the leading piece of imagery for the original cinematic, it is clear that this will play the most major role in determining Doomfist’s hero abilities. We can glean that Doomfist will likely be a melee-heavy character with the potential to do some real damage while staying heavily armored for defense. He will likely be labeled as a tank, although his ultimate has a possibility of being one of the highest-damage dealing attacks in the entire game. His fist has been reported to “level skyscrapers”, which is something that players will definitely have to look out for.
Clues at Numbani
In the new release of the Numbani map, there is a clear display of Doomfist’s history along one of the corridors. A series of three posters labels three different individuals who have hailed the title of “Doomfist”, making it similar to the title of Green Lantern. The newest Doomfist, also known as “The Successor”, is drawn with backwards-facing legs. This implies that he may be partially or wholly robotic, hinting at a possible Omnic threat. The fact that his gauntlet is electrically-charged drops heavy hints that the character will use a mix of physical and electrical powers. This leaves a heavy amount of ambiguity over whether or not Doomfist is posed to be a hero or a villain.
Furthermore, now that Overwatch fans have learned about the three historical Doomfist wielders, there is a distinct possibility that the player will have the option to choose between three different types of gauntlets. This implies a large amount of versatility within the character, opening the door of possibility for Doomfist as a support or even as a ranged hero.
As Blizzard continues to release more information about Doomfist, and as we draw nearer and nearer to an expected hero release date, more will be made clear about the playability and overall potential of heroes like Doomfist and beyond.
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