In a stunning reveal that literally nobody expected, Blizzard unveiled a brand new character for Overwatch. Such shock! So Surprise! Wow!
Oh who am I kidding? We’ve suspected for months now that a support sniper was coming to the shooter, and last week’s teaser basically confirmed it. Now though, Blizzard have finally told us who the mystery character is (before July 21st even – just as we thought).
Yes, as it turns out, this new hero is in fact Ana Amari. She’s Pharah’s mother, and also a founding member of Overwatch. Here’s her origin story…
Before we go any further, I want to draw your attention to the following image. Who the hell are these two random people? I don’t recall ever seeing either of them. Is that person on the left perhaps Liao? I don’t think it’s Genji, unless I’m horribly mistaken.
Anyhow, besides teasing new characters and informing me that I’ve been pronouncing Pharah wrong for months now (apparently it’s fair-ree-ha, not fair-ra. EDIT: her real name is actually Fareeha… DOH), Ana’s origin video also shares insight into her “death” at the hands of Widowmaker. She somehow managed to survive (minus a right eye), and after an undisclosed amount of time, is now back to continue her fight.
What exactly is she capable of though? Here’s a sneak peek of what Ana’s kit looks like in-game…
Ana’s primary weapon is her Biotic Rifle, which fires long-range darts that can restore the health of her allies or deal ongoing damage to her enemies. Meanwhile, her Biotic Grenade is perfect for a close-quarters clash, simultaneously healing teammates and injuring foes caught in its small area of effect. (Affected allies will also receive a temporary increase to all incoming healing, while affected enemies can’t be healed for a few moments.) And if the battle starts to get out of hand, Ana’s sidearm can fire a Sleep Dart, knocking her adversaries unconscious.
Plus, Ana’s ultimate ability, Nano Boost, empowers one of her teammates, granting faster movement, increased damage, and resistance to enemy attacks.
Ana’s official release date remains unknown. She’s been made playable in the Overwatch Public Test Realm already however, which leads me to believe that she’ll be released to the main client fairly soon. With Heroes of the Storm for example, a new hero will sit in the PTR for a week or two before they get the final nod of approval.
Despite me thinking that Overwatch doesn’t need a new cast member just yet (the existing 21 are still sufficient in my opinion), I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t keen to welcome Ana to the game. Her abilities look interesting, and I think she’ll be a lot of fun to play.
What about you? Are you keen to get your hands on this support sniper?
Last Updated: July 13, 2016