Blizzard Has Announced the Newest Overwatch Hero: Ana

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Blizzard Has Announced the Newest Overwatch Hero: Ana

//cdn.themis-media.com/media/global/images/library/deriv/1335/1335800.jpgThe newest Overwatch hero is a healer-sniper, just like everyone thought.

As was teased last week [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/167876-The-Next-Hero-in-Overwatch-Might-be-a-Sniping-Healer], the newest Overwatch hero is a support-class sniper. But instead of Sombra, it's a brand-new character named Ana.

Ana, who is Overwatch character Pharah's mother, will be armed with the biotic rifle that Blizzard showed off in a tweet last week. The weapon will heal allies and inflict ongoing damage on enemies. Her other abilities include a sleep dart that knocks enemies unconscious (damage wakes them up), and a biotic grenade that heals allies and damages enemies within its radius. After hitting any of her allies with a boost, they'll "temporarily move faster, deal more damage, and take less damage from enemies' attacks."

While Blizzard hasn't set a release date for Ana yet, they do say that she'll be released "soon," although we all know what that word means in Blizzard's lexicon. You can see all the details on Ana over at her page on the Overwatch official site [https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/heroes/ana/].

You can see some gameplay with Ana, as well as her Origin story, in the videos below.

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ffronw said:
Ana, who is Overwatch character Pharah's mother, will be armed with the biotic rifle that Blizzard showed off in a tweet last week. The weapon will heal allies and inflict ongoing damage on enemies. Her other abilities include a sleep dart that knocks enemies unconscious (damage wakes them up), and a biotic grenade that heals allies and damages enemies within its radius. After hitting any of her allies with a boost, they'll "temporarily move faster, deal more damage, and take less damage from enemies' attacks."
I'll clear a few things up:
- The Biotic Grenade has 2 other important effects: Allies in it get double healing (I see Ana+Luccio being a very potent combo for this) and Enemies in it cannot be healed for a short time by any means (that ripping sound you hear is the meta/competitive scene tearing itself apart)

- That "boost" effect is her Ultimate, not something her regular attacks do.
 

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She looks pretty neat. I like the fact that she's Pharah's mother. Don't see that sort of thing often in ensemble games like this.
 

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I'm going to guess she'll be coming for season 2, that's August which is soon (not soon enough though!)
 

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Fappy said:
She looks pretty neat. I like the fact that she's Pharah's mother. Don't see that sort of thing often in ensemble games like this.
Well, looks like Grey got his wish [http://cdn.themis-media.com/media/global/images/library/deriv/1330/1330221.png]

I look forwards to her shattering the Healer stacking meta though. It might make the games more enjoyable to watch.
 

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Now people can stop whining that there are no older women in the game. Especially those claiming Blizzard were sexist for their female cast apparently not being old enough.

Looks like she's completely different to Sombra though, which is surprising. Considering that Ana Amari is evidently a good character, while Sombra is an acquaintance/friend of Reaper. And has seemingly hacked into some Overwatch systems on some of the maps.

And it definitely makes more sense that Sombra would be Spanish/Mexican, and not Egyptian.
 

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Her mother? Ok, what's up with all this nepotism in Overwatch recruiting? The world could always use more heroes, as long as those heroes are related to existing members? :p
 
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If that boost is her ultimate, then this character feels ok to me.

No one I'm ever going to touch. Hate Snipers with a passion. But she has a good place on teams.
 

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Kibeth41 said:
Now people can stop whining that there are no older women in the game.

Looks like she's completely different to Sombra though, which is surprising. Considering that Ana Amari is evidently a good character, while Sombra is an acquaintance/friend of Reaper. And has seemingly hacked into some Overwatch systems on some of the maps.

And it definitely makes more sense that Sombra would be Spanish/Mexican, and not Egyptian.
Also I think would be a tad redundant another sniper lady on the bad side.

Sombra means shadow, now I'm pretty sure Bliz said there won't be a stealth character, so I'm curious what Sombra will turn out to be.
 

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SirSullymore said:
Kibeth41 said:
Now people can stop whining that there are no older women in the game.

Looks like she's completely different to Sombra though, which is surprising. Considering that Ana Amari is evidently a good character, while Sombra is an acquaintance/friend of Reaper. And has seemingly hacked into some Overwatch systems on some of the maps.

And it definitely makes more sense that Sombra would be Spanish/Mexican, and not Egyptian.
Also I think would be a tad redundant another sniper lady on the bad side.
But there's no evidence that Sombra will be a Sniper?

Literally the only reason that people thought Sombra would be a Sniper is because people assumed Ana Amari and Sombra were the same person. So the leaked screenshots which show a blurry Sniper character all turned out to be Ana Amari.

At this point, people are back to square one with Sombra. Unless it is in fact a title for Ana Amari in some kind of game lore.
 

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She looks awesome. Also her inclusion will dampen the accusations of sexism (not a skimpy costume), racism (another non-white character) and ageism (she's over 50).

I love the concept; can't wait to try her out.
 

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Given that I already like Zenyatta for his deceptively potent long range capabilities and ranged heal/debuff she sounds like a great fit for me.

Really looking forward to the update.
 

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Can anyone make out who is in her scope in the backstory video?
Looks like Widowmaker to me, the spidermask thing she's got on is a dead giveaway
 

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Fappy said:
I like the fact that she's Pharah's mother. Don't see that sort of thing often in ensemble games like this.
They could write "It's Pharah's neighbor, who thinks it's an epileptic gay ostrich" and it would be just as meaningless.
 

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Can anyone make out who is in her scope in the backstory video?
Widowmaker, the other sniper in the game.

I'd assume that Ana Amari couldn't bring herself to kill Amelie Lacroix, since Amelie was the former wife of an Overwatch agent. So because of Ana's hesitation, Widowmaker shot Ana Amari straight down the scope, and in the eye.

And then it seems that Ana went into hiding after that, because of all of the mumbo jumbo about her failing herself, her friends etc. But now she probably caught wind of how Winston has re-initiated Overwatch, and is answering the call.
 

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Her mother? Ok, what's up with all this nepotism in Overwatch recruiting? The world could always use more heroes, as long as those heroes are related to existing members? :p
Pharah is not a member of Overwatch. I don't think there are any (revealed) family members who are both in Overwatch.
 

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This is very good. Non-lucio supports right now are either too squishy, have no escapes, or require you to be right up in the thick of things. Ana solves those problems by allowing you to heal from an incredibly long range, as well as having an escape if someone sneaks up on her. A very interesting design. Her biotic grenade seems almost OP in the current meta, in King of the Hill maps its a death sentence for the enemy team if they are gathered on the point.
 

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Big problem here is that she's been shot in the right eye and she's right handed. What's he mumbo jumbo for her being able to scope and shot out of a blind eye?
 
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Ed James said:
Big problem here is that she's been shot in the right eye and she's right handed. What's he mumbo jumbo for her being able to scope and shot out of a blind eye?
Since cybernetic implant seem to be a thing, she could have gotten a mechanical replacement and uses the eye patch to fool people.
 

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Ed James said:
Big problem here is that she's been shot in the right eye and she's right handed. What's he mumbo jumbo for her being able to scope and shot out of a blind eye?
Since cybernetic implant seem to be a thing, she could have gotten a mechanical replacement and uses the eye patch to fool people.
Sadly that isn't implied (I wish it was). As someone who can't see out of the right eye, I have learnt that there is a big issue with being right handed but left eyed.

The origins didn't imply any sort of cuberbetics, and why would a sniper try and fool people (unless your widow maker and are trying to pretend your a 'seductress' but have never actually deduced anyone, just either killed them or knocked them out.)
 

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Kibeth41 said:
Now people can stop whining that there are no older women in the game. Especially those claiming Blizzard were sexist for their female cast apparently not being old enough.
I'm still seeing plenty of whining over trivial things like her not looking old enough or having "young skins" lol.

The big issue here is that another sniper will make matchmaking a terrifying experience.
 

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Achelexus said:
Kibeth41 said:
Now people can stop whining that there are no older women in the game. Especially those claiming Blizzard were sexist for their female cast apparently not being old enough.
I'm still seeing plenty of whining over trivial things like her not looking old enough or having "young skins" lol.

The big issue here is that another sniper will make matchmaking a terrifying experience.
And yet the hypocrites won't throw hissy fits over Soldier 76's and Reaper's young skins.
 

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Kibeth41 said:
And yet the hypocrites won't throw hissy fits over Soldier 76's and Reaper's young skins.
That's the internet for you, though most people seem to be just laughing at these hissy fits so far, so there's still hope.
 

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Ed James said:
Big problem here is that she's been shot in the right eye and she's right handed. What's he mumbo jumbo for her being able to scope and shot out of a blind eye?
she's that good?
 

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Ed James said:
Legomaniac91 said:
Ed James said:
Big problem here is that she's been shot in the right eye and she's right handed. What's he mumbo jumbo for her being able to scope and shot out of a blind eye?
Since cybernetic implant seem to be a thing, she could have gotten a mechanical replacement and uses the eye patch to fool people.
Sadly that isn't implied (I wish it was). As someone who can't see out of the right eye, I have learnt that there is a big issue with being right handed but left eyed.

The origins didn't imply any sort of cuberbetics, and why would a sniper try and fool people (unless your widow maker and are trying to pretend your a 'seductress' but have never actually deduced anyone, just either killed them or knocked them out.)
She still aims out of her left eye. Watch the gameplay trailer again.
 

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Kibeth41 said:
And yet the hypocrites won't throw hissy fits over Soldier 76's and Reaper's young skins.
That's the internet for you, though most people seem to be just laughing at these hissy fits so far, so there's still hope.
Do these people really make a significant amount of complaints to actually matter? I mean I've seen nothing but praise and general hype for this character. This includes tumblr which people point towards the hot bed for these kinds of complaints. Perhaps it's time people unfollow certain social media personalities.
 

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I've been playing Ana in the PTR, I have to say she could very well be a game changer in more than one way. She pairs perfectly with Reinhardt who becomes pretty much invincible and extremely powerful with her ultimate, one of her normal abilities can easily stop the ults of a variety of heroes (an effect which is more striking when actually playing, rather than being told about it.) She's squishy and can't get to the same places Widow or Hanzo can, but her skills more than make up for it.

However, also in the PTR it includes a pretty serious overhaul to D.Va, which I am personally very excited about. She seems much more balanced now.
 

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undeadsuitor said:
Ed James said:
Big problem here is that she's been shot in the right eye and she's right handed. What's he mumbo jumbo for her being able to scope and shot out of a blind eye?
she's that good?
Well it worked for Big Boss so why not
 

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Dragonbums said:
Achelexus said:
Kibeth41 said:
And yet the hypocrites won't throw hissy fits over Soldier 76's and Reaper's young skins.
That's the internet for you, though most people seem to be just laughing at these hissy fits so far, so there's still hope.
Do these people really make a significant amount of complaints to actually matter? I mean I've seen nothing but praise and general hype for this character. This includes tumblr which people point towards the hot bed for these kinds of complaints. Perhaps it's time people unfollow certain social media personalities.
I don't think there'd BE any "hissy fits" over them since their just cosmetic and not actually canon, so they don't need to have a scientific mumbo-jumbo reason why THEY didn't age over the course of 30-40 years. And people just want to play different types of female characters, preferably ones that actually look like they have fought in a war.

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I've been playing Ana in the PTR, I have to say she could very well be a game changer in more than one way. She pairs perfectly with Reinhardt who becomes pretty much invincible and extremely powerful with her ultimate, one of her normal abilities can easily stop the ults of a variety of heroes (an effect which is more striking when actually playing, rather than being told about it.) She's squishy and can't get to the same places Widow or Hanzo can, but her skills more than make up for it.
Ugh, she's gonna have a high skill level, I already I know I'm gonna suck with her. Since not only am I a filthy casual, I'm filthy casual with a console and no voice chat (I like the silence). But atleast the attempt to master her will be challenging.
 

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I love this character! An Egyptian woman who is, well, old, is a mother, has a missing eye, and is overcoming said missing eye to step up, and be strong for herself and others?
How often do we see a mother that knows she's a mother as a playable character, nevermind one who's someone of a mamma bear?

Granted as great as her back story is, doesn't seem to mean a thing to Overwatch in general since the plot is largely thrown out the window as adversaries of overwatch fight along side members of overwatch at the same time potentially are fighting doppelgangers of themselves.
 

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damn, sounds like widowmaker gets an early retirement and she is my favorite character. being able to heal your allies sounds like a neat idea. lately i do play more pahara so ana sounds like a nice addition since i like to go full in and keep my distance for a more relaxing play. i wonder if we have to pay for her.
 

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This is really good. Not only did we need another support character, but I am really happy that we got this one - a sniper - so hopefully all of those Widdowmaker mains might actually have a more useful role to play when the team is all locked in, and there isnt already a support.
 

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What's this? A new female character in Overwatch? So how many posts will it take for this to become about gender politics?

... Five? Well, it's better than four I guess.
Dragonbums said:
Achelexus said:
Kibeth41 said:
And yet the hypocrites won't throw hissy fits over Soldier 76's and Reaper's young skins.
That's the internet for you, though most people seem to be just laughing at these hissy fits so far, so there's still hope.
Do these people really make a significant amount of complaints to actually matter? I mean I've seen nothing but praise and general hype for this character. This includes tumblr which people point towards the hot bed for these kinds of complaints. Perhaps it's time people unfollow certain social media personalities.
I've been unable to find any evidence of these elusive "hissy fits" yet, but I'm sure if I scour the Internet there will be at least someone somewhere who's in some way disappointed this isn't enough. So far, among the near unanimous praise for this character, I manged to find someone on Polygon mentioning the other female characters not looking their age, but nothing other than praise concerning Ana.

The closest thing I've found to outrage over this character is someone on twitter whinging about Blizzard taking diversity too far, and insisting there will be a wheelchair bound hero next, but no signs of the dreaded feminist anger.

Could it be that the preemptive snark over predicted feminist backlash is once again a storm in a tea cup at best, and tilting at windmills at worst? Hmmm ... it's almost as if some people want their opponents to act as unreasonable as possible to justify more internet quarreling.
 

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The closest thing I've found to outrage over this character is someone on twitter whinging about Blizzard taking diversity too far, and insisting there will be a wheelchair bound hero next, but no signs of the dreaded feminist anger.
In this futuristic setting, cybernetics are the norm, it seems, so including a physically disabled character would be badass, actually. Either we get a dude/dudette with robot legs or a Professor X hover-chair. Either way, pretty cool.

EDIT: yeah I know that there are other physical disabilities than being wheelchair-bound. That's just one example.
 

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I love this character! An Egyptian woman who is, well, old, is a mother, has a missing eye, and is overcoming said missing eye to step up, and be strong for herself and others?
How often do we see a mother that knows she's a mother as a playable character, nevermind one who's someone of a mamma bear?

Granted as great as her back story is, doesn't seem to mean a thing to Overwatch in general since the plot is largely thrown out the window as adversaries of overwatch fight along side members of overwatch at the same time potentially are fighting doppelgangers of themselves.
She checks all of the boxes for diversity, female, Egyptian, disabled... She just needs to be gay now.

Im just disappointed we get another sniper...
 

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I find this pretty interesting.
Not the character, the character is highly irrelevant.
I'm talking about the reactions and the company politics on display regarding Overwatch as a whole.

People here for example praise it. For what? For a highly inconsequential backstory.
Almost nothing what is written in the backstory will have any relevance whatsoever in the game because it's just another team based shooter without story. That she was a sniper will be the only thing of importance... duh.
But apparently that's praiseworthy.
You will kill her daughter in the enemy team no matter what.

Then there is Blizzard. The company that apologised and removed an animation because one person complained.
Apparently some people complained about the lack of old women or that females would not look their age or something [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/comicsandcosplay/comics/critical-miss/17114-Overwatch-character-roster-representation] and now an older looking women is added.
The coincidence.

What is missing from the cast? I see no black person.
Someone should complain about that. The result could be telling.

PCWatch.

Edit: Emma Honeywell, google it.
 
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The closest thing I've found to outrage over this character is someone on twitter whinging about Blizzard taking diversity too far, and insisting there will be a wheelchair bound hero next, but no signs of the dreaded feminist anger.
A wheelchair bound hero would work very well in Overwatch. A character like Bentley from Sly 2/3/Thieves in Time would fit right it. With A hover chair, a seemingly unlimited supply of explosives with various effects including inducing rage and shrinking, a crossbow, sleep darts, and a remote controlled camera, with speakers, a grapple-claw, and a self-destruct option. Some tweaking may be required to fit into the game, but it would definitely work. If such a character were added I might just get the game, despite not being all that good.
 

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Achelexus said:
Kibeth41 said:
Now people can stop whining that there are no older women in the game. Especially those claiming Blizzard were sexist for their female cast apparently not being old enough.
I'm still seeing plenty of whining over trivial things like her not looking old enough or having "young skins" lol.

The big issue here is that another sniper will make matchmaking a terrifying experience.
So it turns out people don't have a hive mind and you'll never release something that will get 100% universal appeal?

Say it ain't so.
 

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I find this pretty interesting.
Not the character, the character is highly irrelevant.
I'm talking about the reactions and the company politics on display regarding Overwatch as a whole.

People here for example praise it. For what? For a highly inconsequential backstory.
Almost nothing what is written in the backstory will have any relevance whatsoever in the game because it's just another team based shooter without story. That she was a sniper will be the only thing of importance... duh.
But apparently that's praiseworthy.
You will kill her daughter in the enemy team no matter what.

Then there is Blizzard. The company that apologised and removed an animation because one person complained.
Apparently some people complained about the lack of old women or that females would not look their age or something [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/comicsandcosplay/comics/critical-miss/17114-Overwatch-character-roster-representation] and now an older looking women is added.
The coincidence.

What is missing from the cast? I see no black person.
Someone should complain about that. The result could be telling.

PCWatch.

Edit: Emma Honeywell, google it.
You do realise that there were things that hinted at her character since the beta's right? And the pose was replaced with one based off nineteen forties pinups.
 

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What is missing from the cast? I see no black person.
Someone should complain about that. The result could be telling.
.......*Cough*

http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/overwatch/images/6/60/Lucio_portrait.png/revision/latest?cb=20160429040926

Also in no particular order, story does matter in this game because it adds flavor, such as moments when the characters talk to each other (I mean there's a reason they're not just differently colored but otherwise identical blobs) even if it doesn't make any sense that Ana can fight three clones of her daughter.

And Blizzard has said over and over again that they were going to change that pose anyway, but people made up their minds that they were lying. With no real proof. Which doesn't make a whole lot of sense, because you think if Blizzard caved so easily, they'd have gotten rid of the fucking loot boxes. And Pharah's mother has been part of Overwatch's lore for awhile, so I'm going to float the idea that maybe Blizzard is capable of releasing a character over forty without outside influence.
 

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Looks quite generic in every way possible... I'm surprisingly disappointed.
The character design is super bland. Added cheese points for the eye patch.
On top of that she's a sniper. (because we needed even more players hanging back)
Lastly her specials seem like they're just variants on existing heroes.
I honestly thought Blizzard would have come up with something a little fresher than a run-on-the-mill looking sniper hero.
 

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She looks pretty neat. I like the fact that she's Pharah's mother. Don't see that sort of thing often in ensemble games like this.
Well, looks like Grey got his wish [http://cdn.themis-media.com/media/global/images/library/deriv/1330/1330221.png]
Ah great, now it's gonna be even harder for Cory to get him out of his room than it already is!
 

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FirstNameLastName said:
The closest thing I've found to outrage over this character is someone on twitter whinging about Blizzard taking diversity too far, and insisting there will be a wheelchair bound hero next, but no signs of the dreaded feminist anger.
In this futuristic setting, cybernetics are the norm, it seems, so including a physically disabled character would be badass, actually. Either we get a dude/dudette with robot legs or a Professor X hover-chair. Either way, pretty cool.

EDIT: yeah I know that there are other physical disabilities than being wheelchair-bound. That's just one example.
I feel that complaints about there being too many disabled characters is ironic and an indication that the person in question doesn't actually pay any real close attention to the games background.
Like almost half the characters in this game are/were disabled in some way.

Junkrat lost his leg and his arm. It's replaced by Cypernetics

Symettra had lost her arm at some point. Replaced by Cybernetics

It's implied through armor design of the joints in Pharahs suit that she had at some point lost all of her limbs.

Genji is basically a dead cyborg

Reindhart is implied to be a part robot part human as well (in the same vein as Pharah.)

Trobjorn lost his arm at some point.

McCree lost his arm at some point.

Whether some of those lost limbs were a personal choice or not in the traditional sense most of the characters in the game were disabled/dead at some point and through advanced technology were able to regain their normal functions and then some.
At that point someone being wheelchair bound in a world where your dead ass can live on as a cyborg or a literal undead corpse would be a personal choice.

So unless you were exceptionally poor or you hate anything to do with tech, disabled people playing heros isn't exactly a far stretch. Any more than in todays terms where one can get 20/20 vision through laser eye surgery.
 

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Don't forget that Junkrat has a peg leg. Now that I think about it, this cast has really been put through the wringer.
 

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Dragonbums said:
Don't forget that Junkrat has a peg leg. Now that I think about it, this cast has really been put through the wringer.
Whoops. My mistake. Junkrat didn't get (or couldn't afford) an actual robot leg. So he's just hobbling around on a peg.
 

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Rebel_Raven said:
I love this character! An Egyptian woman who is, well, old, is a mother, has a missing eye, and is overcoming said missing eye to step up, and be strong for herself and others?
How often do we see a mother that knows she's a mother as a playable character, nevermind one who's someone of a mamma bear?

Granted as great as her back story is, doesn't seem to mean a thing to Overwatch in general since the plot is largely thrown out the window as adversaries of overwatch fight along side members of overwatch at the same time potentially are fighting doppelgangers of themselves.
She checks all of the boxes for diversity, female, Egyptian, disabled... She just needs to be gay now.

Im just disappointed we get another sniper...
If fandom leads anywhere, Mercy, and Pharah could be an item, so it could lead to Ana being an accepting parent which might be pretty strong for diversity in, and of itself.
That's just fandom, though. :p

But seriously, thinking about it, I'd be about as happy, maybe even happier if accepting parent of an LGBT character were checked off. I feel like we need more of that.

I'm sure Ana has some CQC ability, even as a sniper since Black Widow does, but it won't likely be either one's forte, and I'm ok with that.