Blizzard teased a new Overwatch hero recently with a blueprint of a healing sniper rifle, and now the developer has revealed the new character. Ana is a Support character who uses her rifle and other abilities to simultaneously heal her teammates and hurt her foes–and she just so happens to be Pharah’s mother, too. You can try her out for yourself through the Public Test Realm right now.
The weapon you’ll use most as Ana is her Biotic Rifle. It fires long-range darts that restore your allies’ health or deal ongoing damage if you shoot an enemy with one. In addition to the rifle, Ana has a Sleep Dart, which knocks enemies unconscious.
For close-quarters combat, Ana can utilize her Biotic Grenade, which heals teammates and damages opponents standing within its small area of effect. An added bonus to the grenade is a temporary increase to all healing your allies receive. Additionally, any enemies caught in its area of effect will not be able to receive healing for a period of time.
Lastly, Ana’s Ultimate ability, Nano Boost, turns a teammate into a superpowered soldier. It gives them increased damage, faster movement, and a higher resistance to damage while active.
You can watch Ana’s gameplay video at the top of the article, and you can learn more about her backstory in her origins video here.