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Overwatch fans are confused and horrified by Sigma’s bare feet

Sigma’s digits are really just ... out there

new hero Sigma floats in the desert map Petra in a screenshot from Overwatch Blizzard Entertainment
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Overwatch’s newest hero, Sigma, is now playable on test servers. A much-needed addition to the game, Sigma is a tank that uses gravitic technology to deal damage and create barriers. His own dangerous experiments have given him serious psychological damage, and now the terrorist organization Talon employs Sigma as a weapon.

Also, he’s not wearing any shoes and it’s freaking everyone out. His little piggies are just out there. Sigma is as god made him from the ankles down. His dogs are loose, wiggling unencumbered in the open air. It doesn’t make any sense.

There is simply no lore explanation on the official Overwatch website to explain why 99 percent of his body is covered in heavy armor, but his heels and toes are just ... completely naked. The closest thing I can find to an explanation for this bizarre oversight — surely his enemies would just aim for the feet?! — is Sigma’s mantra: “There is no obligation for the universe to make sense to you.”

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Fair enough. But people want to know why. Why would a man armored from shin to noggin leave his feet completely unprotected? Wouldn’t someone else at Talon provide him with something to cover those feet, preferably something with a steel toe? He’s a tank, folks! To leave that much vulnerable flesh unprotected is madness.

Granted, Sigma is not Overwatch’s only hero to reject footwear. Winston, another brilliant scientist, shuns shoes. But he’s a gorilla, and encasing those opposably-thumbed paws would probably feel unnatural and affect his jump height. Doomfist also lets his toes breathe freely in his default skin, but Akande Ogundimu’s a light dresser anyway — just armored pants, body paint, and a giant golden gauntlet.

Perhaps game director Jeff Kaplan or lead writer Michael Chu will tell us what’s up with the toes at some point. In the meantime, everyone’s out here either confused, disgusted, or immensely turned on by Sigma’s feet: