- Since Sigma’s debut, Overwatch fans have been digging into every aspect of the character in search of easter eggs. Their hard work has paid off as plenty of easter eggs have been discovered.
Who is Sigma?
Sigma is the newest hero added to Overwatch’s roster of playable characters. In actuality, Sigma is labeled as hero number 31. The basic backstory of Sigma is as follows:
Dr. Siebren de Kuiper, otherwise known as Sigma, is an eccentric astrophysicist and volatile tank who gained the power to control gravity after an experiment went wrong. After which he was quarantined in a secret government facility to only later be taken and manipulated by Talon to be deployed as a living weapon. He is a tank ranked at a difficulty of three stars and has a large array of abilities.
Sigma’s abilities being:
- Hyperspheres – “Sigma launches two gravitic charges, which bounce off walls and implode after a short duration, damaging enemies within a sizable radius.”
- Experimental Barrier – “Sigma propels a floating barrier to a location of his choosing. He can dismiss the barrier at any time.”
- Kinetic Grasp – Sigma freezes incoming projectiles in midair, converting them into shields.”
- Accretion – Sigma gathers a mass of debris and flings it at an enemy to knock them down.”
- Gravitic Flux – Unleashing his full powers, Sigma takes flight, lifts enemies in a targeted area, and launches them into the sky before slamming them back down.”
With his interesting backstory and an incredible array of abilities, Sigma has truly become a fan favorite amongst players.
Sigma Overwatch Easter Egg
Since his release, many easter eggs hidden in his dialogue, sprays, and origin story have been discovered.
Here’s the image of the two side by side:
This comparison in itself sparked many theories, but one is of particular interest to fans.
The following are comments taken from MizuJimbo’s post on r/Overwatch titled “Sigma’s MRI resembles something”:
- “If you listen to his origin story backwards, the part where his head spazzes out and he says “RELEASE ME!” [becomes] “IT’S IN ME”. So the black hole might literally be inside him.” -u/pixlepize
Here’s the link to a reverse of the origin story. “IT’S IN ME” plays at around 1:09 into the video. Regarding Sigma’s choice of weaponry, Reddit user VictusNST seems to be the first to discover the easter egg hidden within.
The following is taken from VictusNST’s post on r/Overwatch titled “Sigma’s balls are an obscure reference to Platonic philosophy”:
“Sigma’s balls are dodecahedrons, or what tabletop gamers would recognize as a d12. Dodecahedrons are one of the five Platonic Solids, which are 3D shapes whose faces are all the same regular polygon (in the case of dodecahedrons, they’re made of 12 pentagons). They’re known as Platonic Solids because Plato hypothesized that the classical elements were each made of one of the platonic solids. Fire was made of tetrahedrons (4 triangles), Earth was made of cubes (6 squares), Air was made of octahedrons (8 triangles) and Water was made of icosahedrons (20 triangles).
In Plato’s time, there were only four classical elements, which meant that the Dodecahedron was left over. Of it, he wrote ” …the god used [it] for arranging the constellations on the whole heaven”. Aristotle later defined a fifth element known as Aether, which is essentially Space Stuff. He didn’t relate Plato’s definition of what dodecahedrons made up to his new element, but a whole bunch of people did after him. So Sigma, who seems to have some sort of control over spacetime and gravitation, uses a shape associated with space through Ancient Greek philosophy.”
Yet the most recent easter egg discovered has really sparked players. It was discovered by Reddit user pressure_, Sigma’s spray “Night Sky” is not only an obvious reference to Van Gogh’s Starry Night but an easter egg about his mental health.
The following was taken from pressure_ ‘s post on r/Overwatch titled “Sigma “Night Sky” Spray”:
“I had assumed that the spray was included due to Van Gogh being a very well-known Dutch master, and Starry Night is arguably his most recognizable work. However, I had remembered the tragic inspiration for Starry Night, and realized the parallels between Sigma’s backstory and the painting. Starry Night was painted during Van Gogh’s time at the asylum at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, where he attempted to quell his depression and anxiety, as he felt more hopeless and alone. I felt that this sense of isolation known to be experienced by Van Gogh could be seen in Sigma, as after he was returned to Earth, he was locked away within a government facility, where his character biography states: “Isolated and unable to control his powers, De Kuiper retreated into his own mind. He thought he would never see the outside world again.”
This painting has been interpreted as Van Gogh’s exploration of a new realm beyond death, one akin to a night sky. I feel that Van Gogh’s something of respite in the understanding of a great dimension beyond draws an interesting parallel to Sigma’s character, who revels in his understanding of the patterns of the universe, drawing comfort and inspiration in his understanding of a great beyond that many cannot. As Van Gogh said, ” There is hope there, but… that hope is in the stars.”
This is most likely just the tip of the iceberg for easter eggs for Sigma. These details truly show how much time and effort is put into them, and this reflects on the player base as well it seems. Will more easter eggs be discovered by players? Surely there are plenty more to be found, and players don’t stop until they are satisfied that every easter egg has been found with regards to Sigma’s story.