Overwatch's Ana, a support orientated sniper

After briefly teasing a sniper rifle with the capability to heal, Blizzard has finally unleashed all of the information on Overwatch's latest addition - Ana. As you can probably guess from the name alone, she's in no way related the mysterious Sombra, a character who was widely rumored to be the very support sniper we received today.

As for her abilities, Ana can use her sniper rifle to either heal allies or deliver continuous damage to enemies (no headshot bonus though), briefly put opponents to sleep or until they take damage, and even throw a grenade that spreads a healing/damaging field. While most of these abilities offer a choice between damage and healing, Ana's ultimate is all about destruction as it allows you to briefly increase an ally's movement speed, damage, and damage resistance. Or in other words, make Genji a living nightmare to deal with!

On a somewhat different note, if you're like me and you actually care about the story in an FPS game, you will find Ana's Origin Story Trailer right below:


If you would like to give Ana a try and participate in some ridiculous 6v6 support matches, here's how you can get onto the PTR (Public Test Realm):

Step 1: Restart the Battle.net desktop app.

Step 2: Navigate to the Overwatch tab on the left-hand menu.

Step 3: Select "PTR: Overwatch" from the REGION/ACCOUNT drop-down menu.

Step 4: Click "Install" to begin the installation process.

Step 5: Once the PTR client is installed and updated, click "Play" to begin!

On the other hand, if you're just interested in learning more about Ana, and perhaps checking out a few snippets of gameplay as well, I would recommend you head over to her official hero page. You should be able to find pretty much all of the information you seek right there, and if you don't, there's always the PTR!

Overwatch's new hero - Ana in action