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Blizzard reveals the new Overwatch character, and it's not Sombra

Blizzard has unveiled the newest addition to the Overwatch lineup, and it is in fact one of the founding members of the team: Ana Amari, a “battle-scarred veteran” who uses specialized weapons to provide long-range support to her teammates. 

Ana's primary weapon is the Biotic Rifle, which fires darts that can either heal allies or harm enemies. She also carries Biotic Grenades that will simultaneously heal and harm within an area of effect. The grenade gives affected allies a temporary boost to any additional healing, while affected enemies won't be able to heal at all. Her sidearm shoots a Sleep Dart that puts enemies down without killing them, adding yet another stun effect to the game. Finally, her ultimate is Nano Boost, which grants teammates increased speed, damage, and resistance to attacks.

What's interesting here is that it seemed all but certain that the new character would be named Sombra. There's a good breakdown as to why on NeoGAF, and some elements of that speculation were correct: She's a support sniper, she disappeared after the fall of Overwatch, and she is Pharah's mother. But beyond that, it looks like we got it wrong. Nicely played, Blizzard.

There's no word yet on when Ana will go live, but we'll let you know when we hear something. And now, enjoy an origin video and some screens. 

Andy Chalk
Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.