Blizzard just made the new Overwatch hero, Ana, available on the Public Test Realms and she is an absolute joy to play.
She is a sniper healer; a first of her kind. She shoots healing bullets to her allies and she shoots deadly ones at the enemy.
Furthermore, she has tools to get out of battle should an attacker be in her own little space. Ana is Pharah’s mother and it will be exciting to see how the duo will pan out once Ana is released on the actual servers.
But, along with Ana, Blizzard is also going to add in some new character skins and a host of other goodies via the Loot box in the near future.
Speaking of loot boxes, people are hoarding them prior to Ana’s release. This is because they think that they will be able to get Ana’s costumes for free via these loot boxes.
Unfortunately, that is not the case. Lylirra, an official Overwatch forum manager, said in a lengthy post that people should never hoard loot boxes if they think that they can get some new Ana skins.
This is because the items that are in the loot boxes prior to Ana’s release has already been generated. In other words, the contents are already pre-determined and it will not change while they are finally opened.
The loot boxes that you currently have will never contain any Ana skins because of the fact that you got them before Ana’s release in the official servers.
Lylirra also points out that this will be the case for future characters as well. So, if I were you, just open your loot boxes now since you won’t be getting any new Ana skins by saving it before she goes live.
The good thing is that people who want to pay for Loot boxes (via the in-game store) will be able to get Ana skins easily once Ana is available.
There are some affordable ones but if you are rich and you do not mind spending a lot of money, you can opt for 100 loot boxes.
Again, the loot box contents are already pre-determined once you’ve acquired them and will not change when you finally open them.
In other news, Ana still doesn’t have a fixed release date. People are still busy experimenting with her and hopefully, they are going to provide some feedback about the character to fix her (if there are any problems).
Back in the day when I was still playing Diablo 3, they would always release a beta version of their new patch on the PTR so people can test the new features while also providing feedback for the developers to look into.
If you want to try Ana out, just go to the PTR (which can be accessed by toggling the “Region” settings on the Battle.net Application). Once you set it to PTR, the game will automatically download new data for you to play with.
Overwatch is a multi-platform game and is available for the PC and the Xbox One and Playstation 4 game consoles.