Overwatch hero Doomfist further teased in new Times of Numbani report

Proving no day is safe from the sudden onset of Blizzard-related news, the official Overwatch site released an in-universe report from the Times of Numbani which comments on the escape of Akande Ogundimu from Helix Security International.

Akande Ogundimu is better known as Doomfist, which means we officially have a name for the mysterious villain many players have been craving for ages now. As has been pointed out on Reddit, “Akande” is a Yoruba name meaning “First Born,” and “Ogundimu” is a common Nigerian name, which gives us an idea of where Doomfist hails from in Overwatch’s ever-diversifying roster.

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As you may recall, when Orisa was released a few months back, it was alongside an attack on the Numbani’s Adawe International Terminal, resulting in changes to the in-game map itself. Not only were there obvious signs of an attack in the attacking team’s starting area, the Doomfist itself — originally located on top of the payload — was removed, as if stolen in the attack. (Yes, this also technically means Akande Ogundimu can be referred to as “Doomfist, Wielder of Doomfist.”)

The Times of Numbani report provides a little more info behind the attack — though not a ton. The main takeaways seem to be these:

  • Talon was definitely involved in freeing Doomfist.
  • Doomfist was very likely not the only escapee from the Helix prison.
  • Doomfist took out the OR15 defense robots before reclaiming the Doomfist — which indicates he’s very powerful.
  • Helix is not only a major world security force, it may also have several Talon moles within.

For players who have been champing at the bit for more Doomfist news, this teaser will hopefully hold them over until we receive more definitive information on Doomfist. With any luck, we won’t have to wait long. You can read the full teaser below:

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)
New Details Surface Following Major Security Breach

NUMBANI —Three months after initial reports of an incident at Helix Security International’s classified maximum security installation, a more complete picture of what happened has emerged. Information and details of what happened were scarce as has been any news from the installation, said to be a prison for the world’s most dangerous threats. However, after recent events in Numbani, it can now be confirmed that what occurred was an attack by the Talon organization with the express purpose of freeing one man: Akande Ogundimu, better known as Doomfist.

It began in the early hours of the morning, when an unidentified aircraft approached the facility. Security initially reported that the craft had no passengers on board, based on radar scans. The craft passed through the range of the installation’s defense systems without incident, leading some to believe that Talon has moles within Helix. Video surveillance from within the compound revealed a black shadowy figure emerging from the craft and descending upon the prison grounds. The unidentified assailant easily overcame the Helix security agents, leaving over a dozen dead. Medical records of the casualties reveal injuries and cellular degeneration matching other incidents involving the mercenary known as the Reaper, all but confirming the incursion as a Talon attack.

Helix officials have been unwilling to reveal whether or not there were additional escapees or items taken from the facility, but sources have indicated that it is likely that there were further security breaches in addition to Ogundimu.

After escaping from the facility, Helix lost track of Ogundimu until he resurfaced in Numbani, where he clashed with the newly introduced OR15 defense robots at the Adawe International Terminal, easily destroying them and reclaiming the Doomfist.

Questions have been raised about the effectiveness and methodology of Helix, which in recent years, has greatly increased its profile as the world’s security force. But after a number of high profile incidents, including the breach of a similarly top-secret facility in Egypt, those who have objected to the increased privatization of security following the shuttering of Overwatch will have been dismayed that Helix has requested, and been granted, additional funding by the UN to cope with rising threats.

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