Brigitte Lindholm, as seen in the Honor and Glory animated short.
Earlier this week, a cryptic tweet appeared on the Overwatch account discussing a declassified mission report where Overwatch Chief Engineer Torbjörn Lindholm suffered significant injuries, but was saved due to the bravery of Lieutenant Reinhardt Wilhelm. We assumed it was the first teaser for Overwatch’s forthcoming 27th hero.
A second teaser went out today, this time an in-universe letter from Torbjörn to his pregnant wife, discussing the events that transpired during and after the aforementioned Operation “White Dome.” Critically, the letter mentions that as thanks for saving his life, Torbjörn jokingly suggested that Reinhardt could name his soon-to-be-born daughter—a suggestion that Reinhardt took to be truthful:
“You may have heard that Reinhardt is responsible for saving my life. I’ve heard the story at least four different times myself, already, each time more unbelievable than the last. Exaggerations, as you know how he can be. All the same, they’ve decided to award him a commendation for “conspicuous bravery.” Could two words better describe the big oaf?
He has been bothering me insufferably at my bedside. Half in jest, I suggested that if it would shut him up, I would allow him to name our daughter, as he has been badgering me about it these past months. He, of course, took me at my word. Truth be told, I had been considering making him her godfather, and I hope you’ll forgive me for making this decision without your consultation. We can only hope she doesn’t take after him too much.
I told him that you would have to agree to any name he chose, so let’s hope it’s a good one (though I fear that may be beyond his abilities, given some of the ridiculous names he gives the characters in his “true stories”). I’m getting sick of this hospital, so I am hoping to return soon.”
This unborn daughter almost certainly grows up to be Brigitte Lindholm, who we previously met in the Honor and Glory animated short that debuted at BlizzCon last year. Knowing how Blizzard likes to introduce or hint at forthcoming heroes in extraneous media in advance of them joining the Overwatch roster—Moira appeared in the Doomfist comic Masquerade three months before her debut as a hero, for example—it seems pretty clear that Torbjörn’s daughter Brigitte will most likely be the next Overwatch hero.