Ana has finally returned to Overwatch, bringing the roster of playable characters up to 22. The rumor of a “support sniper” on the roster has been fulfilled, bringing a new element of strategy to the immensely popular shooter.
Ana debuted Tuesday afternoon in a brand-new video, detailing her past and exit from the original Overwatch crew. According to the story, Ana was out-sniped by Widowmaker and presumed dead. But recent events have prompted her to resurface, reunite with her former crew (and daughter), and finish the fight.
Ana will be a support character, and will have a greater range than the other currently available support heroes. She sports a Biotic Rifle, similar to the one teased in early July by the Overwatch Twitter feed. The rifle fires darts that can restore allies’ health when struck, or deal damage over time if striking an enemy. If Ana finds herself in a sticky situation, she can fire a sleep dart to disable an enemy, buying her time to flee.
She is also equipped with a biotic grenade, which, in an area of effect, can either heal allies or damage enemies.
For her Ultimate ability, Ana uses Nano Boost to superpower an attacking hero. Allies who are targeted will receive increased damage, faster movement, and higher damage resistance for a small period of time.
Ana is currently playable in the Public Test Region, with no official release confirmed for console users. As with all new content in Overwatch, Ana will be free to play and require no unlocking.