New Hero revealed: Ana, the Support Sniper

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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.

 

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SDCC 2016 – Overwatch New Hero to be Unveiled

Blizzard Entertainment is officially unveiling the new Overwatch hero at San Diego Comic Con according to the Thursday schedule.

Behind The Scenes of Overwatch's Newest Hero
Blizzard developers James Waugh (director of story & creative development), Michael Chu (senior designer, Overwatch), and Arnold Tsang (assistant art director, Overwatch) present a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of developing the art, design, and story for Overwatch's newest hero. Q&A session moderated by Kim Phan (senior manager, esports).Thursday July 21, 2016
6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6A

 

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Conan O’Brian and Game of Thrones Actors Try Overwatch

Conan O’Brian recently invited Game of Thrones actors Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey to his Clueless Gamer show to play a bit of Overwatch. Things get a little spicy when Conan and Peter see Widowmaker onscreen. Full transcript and video can be found at TeamCoco. Warning: Some comments in the video are not proper for minors.

 

Overwatch is a Global Hit with 7 Million Players and Counting

Blizzard Entertainment announced that Overwatch is a global hit with over 7 million players currently battling in Battle.net 2.0, and more joining every day.

IRVINE, Calif.— The world needs heroes, and citizens from London to Xi’an to Rio de Janeiro are rising to the occasion to join the ranks of Overwatch®! Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed team shooter launched worldwide on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Windows PC on May 24, and since then more than 7 million players have fought for the future in Overwatch, logging more than 119 million hours combined in one of the most successful global game launches of all time—and the battle is just getting started.*

“Over the months and weeks leading up to release we saw a lot of love and support for Overwatch—from Blizzard gamers, FPS fans, and people who’d never picked up a game like this before—and we’re very grateful for everyone’s incredible passion and enthusiasm,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We poured a lot of effort into creating a game—and a new universe—that anyone could enjoy. We’re ecstatic to have had such a successful launch, and we’re looking forward to all of the fun, competition, and new content still to come.”

Since launch, players have swapped heroes 326 million times and teamed up to deliver 11 million payloads to their destinations on the battlefields of tomorrow. In addition to being a smash with players around the world, Overwatch is a critical hit, and is one of the best-reviewed games of the year. GameSpot has called Overwatch “something spectacular,” while Forbes wrote that “Overwatch, quite simply, is a miracle” and that it’s “a game for everyone.” According to Game Informer, “Overwatch is an amazing experience,” concluding in its 10-out-of-10 review that “things will never be the same.

What Is Overwatch?

Overwatch takes place on earth in the near future, where teams of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities clash for control of key locations around the world. The game features a diverse cast of 21 unique heroes—including Reinhardt, the noble knight from a bygone era; Zenyatta, the robotic monk in search of enlightenment; and Symmetra, the hard-light “architech” striving to build a better world—each armed with extraordinary weapons and incredible abilities. Across a variety of vibrant and intricately designed maps, players must work together to complete various objectives, swapping heroes to adapt to the ever-changing situation and combining their powers to unleash devastating combos.

Overwatch features a variety of game modes for shooter veterans and players new to the genre:

  • Quick Play automatically matches players with allies and opponents of a similar skill level—a quick and easy way to jump into the fight.
  • Play Vs. AI mode pits a team of human players against computer-controlled opponents, with multiple difficulty settings to choose from.
  • Custom Games allow teams of friends to tweak the game’s rules, including damage and healing modifiers and which heroes and maps are in play.
  • Weekly Brawl! offers up an unexpected challenge every week, like “Justice Rains from Above” (an aerial extravaganza starring rocket-powered Pharah and Mercy, the high-flying healer) and the intense “Arcade” brawl, which features more health, faster cooldowns, and quick respawns.
  • Training modes include a Tutorial that teaches players the ropes, a Practice Range where people can try their hand at heroes in a zero-pressure environment, and a Practice vs. AI mode where heroes can further hone their skills.
  • . . . And more to come: sometime after launch, players looking for the ultimate team challenge will be able to test their mettle, earn ranks, and show off their skill in Competitive Play. Blizzard also plans to patch in new heroes and maps in the future at no additional cost.

As players compete in matches—win or lose—they’ll level up and earn Loot Boxes, each containing a combination of four items players can use to customize their heroes, including in-game credits and cosmetic goodies including skins, sprays, voice lines, and new animations. Among these items are legendary skins that dramatically alter heroes’ appearances, such as the post-apocalyptic Scavenger D.Va, or Lone Wolf Hanzo, which fills Overwatch’s expert bowman with the spirit of the wild.

Origins Edition, Collector’s Edition, and More

Windows PC, PS4™, and Xbox One gamers can join the fight for the future today by purchasing Overwatch: Origins Edition for a suggested retail price of $59.99 from www.playoverwatch.com/buy. Overwatch: Origins Edition comes with a collection of hero skins that provide players with insight into five characters’ pasts—Blackwatch Reyes (Reaper), Strike-Commander Morrison (Soldier: 76), Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and Slipstream Tracer—as well as a cache of goodies for several Blizzard Entertainment games, including glowing Mercy wings for Diablo® III, a Baby Winston pet for World of Warcraft®, a set of heroic StarCraft® II portraits, an Overwatch-themed Hearthstone® card back, and the playable Tracer hero for Heroes of the Storm®.†

Overwatch is also available in a limited-edition, retail-only Collector’s Edition (SRP $129.99, Windows/PS4™/Xbox One), which contains all of the content listed above along with a full-color visual sourcebook, the Overwatch soundtrack, and a high-quality collectible statue of Soldier: 76—the vigilante alter ego of former Overwatch commander Jack Morrison. Quantities are limited; players should check with their local retailer for availability. Windows PC gamers also have the option to download a digital PC edition ($39.99, digital only), which includes all 21 heroes and every map, providing players with the core Overwatch experience.

Players on any platform looking to augment their collection of skins, sprays, and other cosmetic goodies may also purchase the same Loot Boxes that they can earn through gameplay in quantities of 2 for $1.99, 5 for $4.99, 11 for $9.99, 24 for $19.99, and 50 for $39.99.

In addition to the English version, Overwatch has been localized into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, German, European Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and traditional and simplified Chinese. Overwatch has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

For more information about Overwatch, visit www.playoverwatch.com. For screenshots, videos, and other media, visit the Blizzard Entertainment press site at http://blizzard.gamespress.com/overwatch.

With multiple games in development, Blizzard has numerous positions currently available—visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more information and to learn how to apply.

†Battle.net account required. World of Warcraft®, Heroes of the Storm®, StarCraft® II, and Diablo® III content available on Windows/Mac®. Hearthstone® content available on Windows/Mac/iOS/Android.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo®, franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes nineteen #1 games* and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

*Based on internal company records and reports from key distribution partners.

Overwatch Main Theme Metal Cover by Evil Ducky Production

Alexandre Comte informed us that his Evil Ducky Production team created an Overwatch – Main Theme [Metal Cover] based in part on the original soundtrack by Blizzard Entertainment composer Neal Acree.

It’s fun to see talented Overwatch fans work hard to share their craft with other fans.

This french team often uploads similar metal covers based on various video game soundtracks. Check it out.

 

Overwatch Collector’s Edition Pre-orders Going Out for Delivery Now

If you were among the faithful and lucky fans to have pre-ordered online the Overwatch: Collector’s Edition — then your credit card has been charged and the game is arriving today at your door.

My copy is currently out for delivery, a day before the launch! Special thanks to all 58 fans who believed my article a few months ago and pre-ordered. When you click any links on our website, a percent of the sale is paid to Blizzplanet as an affiliate. Earlier this month, I paid the yearly hosting plan, and you helped us stay online another year with your support. Thank you!

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May 22 – Overwatch Collector’s Edition Pre-Orders for PS4 & Xbox One Still Open

overwatch-collectors-edition-300x300The PC version is already soldout, but pre-orders for the PS4 and Xbox One Overwatch Collector’s Edition continue to be open just two days away from the global launch of the game.

Many fans wait until the last day to join the long row of customers at the nearest Gamestop, or other video games stores to find out they ain’t getting no Collector’s Edition.

As someone with experience with Collector’s Edition copies, I can tell you that if you didn’t pre-order at the store in person or by phone prior to the launch date, your chance of getting a Collector’s Edition are zippo.

I have seen people complain to the clerk that there are copies still on display under key, but the clerk responds those are pre-order copies that are already secured and awaiting their owner.

Best bet is to pre-order online, and it is shipped to you on launch date (if you chose that option at checkout).

 

 

Overwatch Animated Short: Soldier: 76 “Hero”

This animated short floored me. They are made with a lot of emotional drive. You would expect a Soldier: 76 Animated Short to be narrated from the point of view of the protagonist, but instead, Blizzard Creative decided to narrate most of the short from the point of view of a Mexican mother who doesn’t even show face onscreen.

We see the young daughter leave the house to buy groceries at a nearby shop, and listen to her mother’s thoughts as she worries for the upbringing of her daughter in such a dangerous place. Her narration is made in English with a true Spanish accent, and the background music is played with a spanish guitar. The story is set in one of the Overwatch playable maps: El Dorado.

First, we get a close look at the Los Muertos gang beating an Omnic with a bat, and one of them invites the Mexican girl to beat it too. Soldier: 76 infiltrates their warehouse to stop their cargo of illegal weapons.

The battle between Soldier: 76 and the Los Muertos is full of action, and familiar abilities we see in-game. It was awesome! You really need to watch it several times.

As they make their escape, one of the Los Muertos gang throws a grenade. Soldier: 76 did see the Mexican girl, but he is on a mission to stop these pendejos (fools). The grenade lands just on the Mexican girl’s feet. What will Soldier: 76 choose to do: Pursue the bad boys, or safe the girl?

Soldier: 76 is in a dark place. He doesn’t consider himself a hero anymore. All that matters is the mission. Or is he?

Overwatch hits stores on Tue, May 24. Order your copy now here (PC, PS4, Xbox One).

 

Overwatch Story – México Launches Lumérico Power Plant

This — how can I call it? — Reality News story is written in a way that the Atlas News is reporting the official launch of México’s new flagship nuclear power plant… Lumérico. For those who haven’t played Overwatch yet, this is the power plant where you escort the payload in the El Dorado map.

There are many objects, and graffiti throughout El Dorado, and one of the graffiti says “Los Muertos.” This story tells us a bit about who that gang is, and how they came to power.

The Atlas News also reports about a wanted fugitive who has been attacking former Overwatch facilities across the United States, and has been last seen in the border of México. La Procuraduría General del Distrito Federal de México has set a $10 million reward for information leading to the capture of Soldier: 76. Share your thoughts with Blizzard here.

LumériCo Vision for Mexico Unveiled, but Threats to Safety and Security Remain

by Atlas News Staff – 05/18/2016

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WHO ARE LOS MUERTOS?

Little is currently known about the Los Muertos organization. Though most consider it to be a lawless, opportunistic gang, its members style themselves as revolutionaries who represent those left behind by the government after the widespread devastation of the Omnic Crisis.

That mission stands in stark contrast to their methods and the overwhelming evidence of their criminal activities.

 

 

 

LUMÉRICO UNVEILS FLAGSHIP POWER PLANT

Today, LumériCo CEO Guillermo Portero announced the completion of the Dorado nuclear plant, the last link in the company’s long-awaited network that promises to deliver affordable, clean energy to the entirety of the country. 

“This is a great moment for Mexico. As president, it was my dream to not only repair the infrastructure destroyed during La Medianoche, but to provide this country with infrastructure that will make it the envy of the world. Today, that dream is a reality, as I and LumériCo, have made this possible,” notes Portero.

“Now we turn our attention to the future, and to others who might benefit from our country’s leadership.”

 

 

 

WANTED FUGITIVE | “SOLDIER: 76”

There are reports that the international fugitive “Soldier: 76” has been sighted in Dorado. Last seen in the USA following a string of attacks on former Overwatch facilities, it appears that he may have crossed the border into Mexico. 

If you have any knowledge about the individual’s whereabouts or activities, please contact the authorities. A reward of $10,000,000 has been offered for any information leading to his capture.

Overwatch Comics: Symmetra – A Better World

Symmetra: A Better World is the fourth digital comics published by Blizzard Entertainment, written by Andrew Robinson and illustrated by Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz.

This story takes us to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the office of the Mayor. There is a negotiation. The Mayor has to decide between two corporation’s proposals: The Vishkar Corporation’s or Calado’s.

The Vishkar Corporation is known for its hard-light technology. Satya Vaswani (aka Symmetra) is their most talented engineer. Her plan is to provide improved housing for residents of the Favela and everyone in Rio de Janeiro. It’s clear the Madame Mayor isn’t too supportive of helping the favelas (suburbs or slums).

With negotiations going in favor of the competition, Symmetra is sent by the Vishkar Corporation owner to infiltrate Calado’s offices in search of dirt to put on his name to force the Mayor into accepting Vishkar’s proposal instead.

Things don’t go as planned, and Symmetra’s actions lead to disaster. Now she must look deep into her soul in search of answers. What’s the price for making the world a better place? Read the comics here.

UPDATE: Robert Brooks tweeted me this comics has an interactive motion version with special sound effects and mustic.

 

Trivia

Symmetra grew up in Hyderabad (India). Age 28.
Characters: Mr. Sanjay Korpal (Vishkar Corporation’s owner), Madame Mayor, Mr. Calado (owner of Calado Corporation).

The true enemy of humanity is disorder.

A Better World, the fourth in our series of free digital comic shorts, follows Symmetra as she embarks on an unexpectedly dangerous endeavor in corporate espionage.

In “A Better World,” when the Vishkar Corporation’s proposal to remodel a Brazilian city center is blocked by the mayor, the company calls on Symmetra—the secret identity of Vishkar architech Satya Vaswani—to get the contract by any means necessary. But when events explode out of control, Symmetra finds herself in over her head… and winds up questioning her mission.

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Overwatch Comics: Pharah – Mission Statement

The Overwatch Comics: Pharah “Mission Statement” is written by Andrew Robinson and illustrated by Nesskain.

This story reveals that the Anubis A.I. was one of the “God Programs’ the old Overwatch quarantined after the Omnic Crisis. The Helix Securities took over the Anubis Facility afterwards. Somehow the Anubis A.I. broke its containment and declared humanity as its biggest threat, taking over command over the Sentry bots to protect the Anubis facility from intruders.

One of the Helix soldiers, Tariq, was a former IT worker at the Anubis Facility a year before this mission, and warns that if the Anubis A.I. was able to take control of other Omnics, and gets to bypass the Helix Firewall to access the internet things would go bad.

This mission marked Pharah with a question that drove her mind for some time: What’s more important? The man or the mission?

Captain Khalil, who knew Pharah’s mother, rang her bell reminding her that her mother valued the sense of family. The Squad is her mission. Every man in the team is important to fulfill the mission.

The story also reveals the origin of her facial tattoo. Pharah’s mother had the same tattoo. This mission and the lesson about what loyalty to your team means inspired her to honor her mother by wearing her tattoo. The tattoo is called a Udjat — the Eye of Horus.

Other Helix Securities soldiers is Pharah’s Squad: Mahmud, Saleh, Lieutenant Amari, Aizad, Captain Khalil, Okoro (Omnic).

You can read Pharah: “Mission Statement” at Blizzard’s Overwatch Comics section.

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Overwatch Animated Short: Dragons

Blizzard Entertainment released the newest Overwatch Animated Short: Dragons. This animated short features a story of Genji and Hanzo. This is by far the BEST one with an immense emotional drive comparing the dragon spirit brothers story with their own.

Overwatch hits stores on May 24, 2016. Pick a side, and join Overwatch:

 

Overwatch 2017 Calendar

We now have an internal view of the upcoming Overwatch 2017 Calendar by Browntrout Publishers.

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Posted: February 29, 2016

Browntrout Pubs Calendars opened pre-orders for an upcoming Overwatch 2017 Calendar that’s shipping on July 2016.

 

Product Details

overwatch-2017-calendarOverwatch, Blizzard’s highly anticipated multiplayer game, is an action-packed adventure set in the not-so-distant future, after a fierce battle between humans and robots. Named for the peace-keeping task force dedicated to protecting humanity, Overwatch offers a full range of playable characters including both females and males, robots, and even a gorilla. Keep track of important dates, birthdays, anniversaries and more with this Overwatch wall calendar.

Classic square format. Updated style. Our square 18-month wall calendars include 13 stunning images and even clearer grids and text. Each of these 12″ x 12″ calendars features an opening spread with a beautiful six-month (July-December 2016) calendar to plan the last six months of the year and rev up for 2017. Filled with an abundance of holidays, each month’s grid is large enough for daily tasks and appointments.

Publisher: Browntrout Pubs (Cal); Wal edition (July 15, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1465080333
ISBN-13: 978-1465080332
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 12.8 x 12.8 inches

 

 

Overwatch Digital Comic: Going Legit – Junkrat

Blizzard Entertainment posted the third Overwatch digital comic by Robert Brooks (writer) and Gray Shuko (Fruity Frags, artist). “Going Legit” features a story of Junkrat and Roadhog.

In this comics, Junkrat and Roadhog have been hired by a company CEO to do a legit rescue job involving Omnics terrorists. However, things aren’t as they seem. Junkrat is funny, and not the most brilliant person, but he does two things really well: blowing things up, and payback.

It’s a perfect day for some mayhem.

Going Legit, the third in our series of free digital comic shorts, highlights the antics of Junkrat and Roadhog—two notorious Junkers on a international crime spree that shows no sign of slowing down.

In “Going Legit,” Junkrat and Roadhog are suddenly faced with the lucrative option of becoming legitimate businessmen when omnics take over a factory in Sydney. They intend to complete their assignment like real professionals … even if they have to blow up the city to do it.

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