Overwatch teases new weapon skins feature

With each event that comes to Blizzard's team-based shooter Overwatch, arguably the best part are the new character skins that get added — the purely cosmetic costume changes that let players change-up the look of their favorite heroes. Now there's evidence that players might soon be able to change the look of a character's weapon individually from their skin, as hinted in a new video from Blizzard about the creation of Overwatch's newest hero Doomfist.

The way the game currently works, the look of a character's weapon matches the current skin in use. But some eagle-eyed fans on the Overwatch subreddit noticed the recent Doomfist video includes shots of heroes holding weapons that have a very different look from their skin. Reddit users good_samartian and Nyxxic noticed this was the case on Soldier: 76 and Sombra.

In the screenshots above, Soldier: 76's pulse rifle has what appears to be a red heat coil at the end of the barrel, something that's not included on any of the character's existing skins. Similarly, Sombra, clearly with the classic skin equipped, is holding a green machine gun. Normally her gun is purple with the classic skin, and even then the look of the green gun differs from the one on her green-tinted skin.

Many fans are taking this as a tease that a new weapons skin option will be coming to Overwatch, however Blizzard has made no mention of such a feature before. It's certainly within the realm of possibility, as weapon skins would make a great new reward to receive from the game's Loot Boxes. There's also a chance these new weapon looks could be part of this year's Summer Games event, which is expected to begin at the start of August.