The Overwatch ARG now has a strange forum post counting down to something [Updated]

Update: It's hard to keep up with what exactly is going on here, but the action has now apparently shifted to, where "Shadow Protocol v1.9" is slowly counting up to "Transmitiendo información a ómnicos activos." That works out to "Transmitting information assets ómnicos," according to Google, which is also a bit of a ragged translation but easy enough to understand. What do Omnics have to do with all of this?

Original story:

More Overwatch ARG shenanigans appear to be underway, with a runaway post on the forums teasing new information about Sombra—or something. The locked post contains the message “la que tiene la información; tiene el poder,” which Google translates to “Which has the information; it has the power,” a rough breakdown that nonetheless makes a clear point. But then things get weird

Distorted photos of Reaper flash across the screen, after which a code begins to scrawl in a window. According to Reddit, it's a base-64 code that translates into a skull—the second skull to be discovered, in fact, which can be seen in comparison with the first one here. The title of the thread, 0110010 00110011, is binary, which works out to 23. No clue on that one.

And here's the real hook: The thread post time is actually counting down, from 24 hours to, currently, one, which I would take to mean that we're standing very close to a reveal. Whether that proves to be a new character, or just the next step in this ridiculously convoluted game, is anybody's guess—but we'll let you know when we find out.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.