New Hero revealed: Ana, the Support Sniper

Ana: “Everyone must find their cause.” print_ana

Support Role : Support

Real Name Real Name : Ana Amari, Age: 60

Occupation Occupation : Bounty Hunter

Base of Operation Base of operations : Cairo, Egypt

Affiliation Affiliation : Overwatch (formerly)

 

  • One of the founding members of Overwatch, Ana uses her skills and expertise to defend her home and the people she cares for.

    As the Omnic Crisis inflicted a heavy toll on Egypt, the country's depleted and undermanned security forces relied on elite snipers for support. Among them was Ana Amari, who was widely considered to be the world's best. Her superior marksmanship, decision-making, and instincts made her a natural selection to join the Overwatch strike team that would end the war.

    Following the success of Overwatch's original mission, Ana served for many years as Strike Commander Morrison's second-in-command. Despite her responsibilities in leading the organization, Ana refused to step away from combat operations. She remained on active duty well into her fifties, until she was believed to have been killed during a hostage rescue mission by the Talon operative known as Widowmaker.

    In truth, Ana survived that encounter, despite being gravely wounded and losing her right eye. During her recovery, she wrestled with the weight of a life spent in combat, and she chose to stay out of the world's growing conflicts. However, as time passed, she realized she could not sit on the sidelines while people threatened her city and the innocents around her.

    Now, Ana has rejoined the fight to protect her country from the forces that would destabilize it, and most importantly, to keep her family and her closest allies safe.


  • Biotic Rifle

    Ana’s rifle shoots darts that can restore health to her allies or deal ongoing damage to her enemies. She can use the rifle’s scope to zoom in on targets and make highly accurate shots.

    Sleep Dart

    Ana fires a dart from her sidearm, rendering an enemy unconscious (though any damage will rouse them).

    Biotic Grenade

    Ana tosses a biotic bomb that deals damage to enemies and heals allies in a small area of effect. Affected allies briefly receive increased healing from all sources, while enemies caught in the blast cannot be healed for a few moments.

    Nano Boost

    After Ana hits one of her allies with a combat boost, they temporarily move faster, deal more damage, and take less damage from enemies’ attacks.
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My first gameplay experience with Ana Amari versus AI.

 

Overwatch PTR - Ana Amari Gameplay Videos
Ana Gameplay # 2

 

Overwatch | Lúcio

lucio-225pxLúcio is a highly mobile support hero that speeds up and heals his team. Improve his songs at crucial moments with Amp It Up. Protect your team from massive damage with Sound Barrier.

Real Name: Lúcio Correia dos Santos, Age: 26

Occupation: DJ, Freedom Fighter

Base of Operations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Affiliation: None

Overwatch – Hold that Hype Train

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of Blizzplanet, it’s owner, or any contributor not named “Travis Morrow.”

I have almost a thousand hours dumped into Team Fortress 2. At some point or another I’ve mastered every TF2 role, juggled with rockets and sticky bombs, headshot cloaked spies because I never lost track of you, and won more games as medic than I can count. Some of my fondest memories of the Source engine are blitzing around the map as a scout beating heavies to death with my bat.

Overwatch does not excite me. I want it to. It looks nice, it sounds nice, it plays like a shooter should. It’s fun. It’s fast and exciting and blinking into a fight as Tracer, wreaking havoc, then recalling out lights up some dopamine paths in my head. Pharah feels similar to TF2’s soldier, my personal go to guy, and within seconds of playing I was juggling and jumping like I never stopped. But I don’t know why I should play this and not TF2.

I know it’s early and what we saw at Blizzcon was a vertical slice of the game, not close to completion, but I’m filled with trepidation. What bothers me exactly?

Let’s compare two characters, one from TF2 and one from Overwatch: Medic and Mercy.

The Medic and Mercy both have a medi gun. They attach themselves to someone and recover damage. Mercy can glide to a friendly with a special ability, provided line of sight doesn’t break. Her medi gun, however, is the weaker version of the Medic’s. It heals well enough but it doesn’t do anything if your target is at full health. The healing aspect is purely reactionary. You can’t boost an ally for impending damage or prepare for a fight. You can only react.

It does have a secondary function that the Medic’s doesn’t, however, which is a damage boost. That sounds nice. But switching between the two actions isn’t instant. There’s a delay. A few tenths of a second for the old animation to stop and the new one to begin. That may not be a big deal in, say, an arena fight in WoW (everything has a cast time, except a few panic buttons) or in a MOBA but shooters are fast. Even when they’re slow, they’re the fastest video games out there.

So you’re buffing your Winston, the talking gorilla, when he starts to get pounded by enemy fire. You switch to healing and he’s at half health by the time the healing beam starts. He retreats, you manage to keep him alive and restore him to full, and go back to boosting damage. He goes around the corner and fires two shots, is at half health, and you’re repeating this process until you realize healing is futile. Your heals stop mattering at full health.

The Medic’s don’t. It buffs the target to 150% max health. That’s damn useful. It decays slowly, too, so a quick Medic can buff four or five teammates at once and keep pressure and tempo on his/her team’s side. The Medic knows that the best damage boost is a living, resilient teammate and not an actual damage boost.

What about the flashy stuff: the Medic’s secondary and Mercy’s Ultimate?

The Medic’s provides 8 seconds of invulnerability as long as the Medic is attached to his target. This, combined with the right target, makes an incredible force. Pyros push like no other, heavies devastate enemies foolish enough to get caught nearby, and soldiers and demos ruin defensive embankments. Deployed at the right time, it wins games.

Mercy has a resurrection. On paper, that’s a great idea. A teammate back in the fight, skipping the respawn timer, right in the thick of it. But it has a cast time. A long cast time. Two to three seconds. In an FPS, that’s an eternity. That’s so long as to be pointless. It also requires line of sight. So you’ll have to risk your face to bring a teammate back. That’s a trade that won’t be worth it ninety nine times out of a hundred.

In a WoW arena or MOBA, being down a teammate is rough. It’s awful. Your team is at a significant disadvantage. Because of long respawn timers, or no respawns at all, putting a dead friendly back in the fight is an incredible shift in momentum. In an FPS with shorter respawn timers, faster, near constant combat, resurrection last the power it has in other scenarios. It’s more important to stay in the fight than it is to rejoin it.

If there was a ticket system, like the Battlefield series or Alterac Valley, resurrection would be more useful. Maybe that’s coming. Right now, though, Mercy feels useless.

What does Overwatch do that the others competing in the genre don’t? To be blunt, the table is already crowded – why should it make room for Blizzard? Just because it’s a Blizzard IP? From what I’ve seen, what the game does is, at best, on par with the rest of the genre. Most of it, however, feels uninspired.

The panels don’t acknowledge the giants already in the field or attempt to illuminate what makes this game stand apart. “We moved away from the holy trinity.” I disagree: you split damage into two types – offense and defense – and still have support and tanks. “Our roles aren’t rigid.” Have you fought with Mercy? The Medic from TF2 isn’t a powerhouse, but he can defend himself. Mercy’s pistol is so impotent it might as well not exist.

I want to like this game. I want to celebrate and jump up and down and go crazy that Blizzard is launching a new IP with new characters in a new genre. What I’m seeing, however, looks like Blizzard is doing what so many other studios have tried with MMO – they’re cloning a successful game and giving in a shiny new skin.

Blizzard is a unique company.  It creates new stories, characters, and games in a way that many triple A studios cannot.  I hope Blizzard can take Overwatch to a place that continues that tradition in its final release, but I’m not seeing that yet.

Overwatch | Zenyatta

Zenyatta: “True self is without form.”

ZenyattaSupport Role : Support

Real Name   Real Name : Tekhartha Zenyatta, Age : 20

Occupation Occupation : Wandering Guru, Adventurer

Base of Operation Base of operations : Shambali Monastery, Nepal (Formerly)

Affiliation Affiliation : The Shambali(Formerly)