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Overwatch's First New Hero Is Ana, Long-Range Support

Overwatch's First New Hero Is Ana, Long-Range Support
Well none of us will be surprised to hear a new hero is coming to Overwatch, you'd be perhaps forgiven for not anticipating one to join the fray so soon. Say hello to Ana, your first new addition to Overwatch. Truth be told if you were paying attention then you'd likely already know about this incoming character, her long-ranged rifle was released as a tease by Blizzard recently and hinted at the character's unique support abilities. With Ana heading over to the PTR on the PC version of Overwatch (sorry console players, you'll have to wait until she's officially released), we'll soon be able to see how well she meshes with the range of characters already in the game. Her long-range rifle is her biggest feature, allowing her some offensive capabilities but, more interestingly, enabling her to heal her team-mates from afar. Hitting an enemy, meanwhile, will deal damage over time rather than instakills a la WIdowmaker. Her Bionic Grenade ability allows for a similar heal/damage mechanic by restoring health of allied players in a small area of effect and damage any enemies caught in that same zone. In addition to that, any allies hit with this grenade will also receive a boost to any healing effects - such as from Mercy - while enemy players cannot be healed for a few moments. A significant game changer, this one. Then there's Ana's Sleep Dart, a tranquilliser pistol that will temporarily knock out any enemy it hits. Perhaps more useful as an escape strategy for Ana than its offensive opportunities, the ability will at least give the long-ranged support a chance to escape if caught out unawares. Lastly is Ana's ultimate, Nano Boost, which she can apply to another allied player to supercharge them into powerful warriors, enhancing their damage, increasing their movement speed and making them more resistant to enemy attacks. As far as support characters go, Ana certainly sounds like she does the business. She's a nice mix of abilities to make her useful in a wide range of situations, while her long-range healing offers a unique playstyle to Overwatch. It was smart for Blizzard to introduce a new healer first into the game, too, since that grudge falls squarely on Mercy's shoulders to bear. Ana's abilities look like they could synchronise into teamplay exceptionally well, though we'll have to wait and see what happens on the PTR - and just how much Blizzard will need to change. Alongside the official announcement came two more Overwatch videos and a batch of images related to the new character, which you can watch here:

Overwatch Video - Introducing Ana

Overwatch Video - Ana's Origin Story

Overwatch - Ana Screenshot Gallery

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