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Doomfist appears to be coming to Overwatch this August, according to files in the game’s latest public test region update that refers to the update as "Doomfist/Summer Games."
Over the weekend, players on the Overwatch PTR noticed that the game’s crash logs referred to the upcoming update 1.13 as Doomfist/Summer Games, pointing at the return of the Summer Games event and the potential reveal of Doomfist, a mysterious, gauntlet-wielding character in the Overwatch universe. Reddit user Cam3Ran collected examples of the reference from several different players.
The first Summer Games event in Overwatch fell in line with the 2016 Summer Olympic Games last August, so it’s likely to happen around the same time this year.
Whether Doomfist will be a playable character in the next major update or a make an appearance in another PvE game mode as a boss that players have to fight is unknown.
Who is Doomfist?
Within the world of Overwatch, Doomfist is a bit of a mystery.
There is a set of posters on the map Numbani that show three different individuals wearing three different gauntlets, each referred to as Doomfist. This suggests that Doomfist isn’t a single person, but a title given to people who wield powerful gauntlets. It also suggests that Doomfists have been both heroes and villains in the Overwatch universe.
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In the lore of the game, the Doomfist gauntlet that was stolen from the payload on Numbani belongs to the second Doomfist, known as The Scourge, who was defeated by the hero Winston, according to the game’s cinematic trailer.
The power of this Doomfist gauntlet was shown in the same trailer after a young kid says, "Oh man, they said he could level a skyscraper."
The Doomfist gauntlet was stolen from the Numbani payload in February just before the release of game’s latest character, Orisa. Along with the theft of the gauntlet, somebody (probably Doomfist) appeared to have punched the life out of a bunch of defensive robots in the Numbani airport.
[BREAKING] OR15 defense units destroyed in confrontation with unidentified assailant at Numbani airport. No civilian casualties reported. pic.twitter.com/3XuXbCCugh
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) February 24, 2017
If Doomfist is in fact being added to the game this summer, expect some more teases around their arrival in the coming weeks.