Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Overwatch: New Short Story Explores Soldier 76's LGBTQ Backstory

'Overwatch' character Soldier 76 confirmed as canonically gay Overwatch short story confirms Soldier 76 likes guys and that's rad
Katie Ramirez | 09 January, 2019, 06:24

"Bastet" follows them over the next few weeks as Soldier: 76 tries to recruit Ana to rejoin Overwatch, while Ana tries to convince him to end the corruption in Cairo with her first. Though the majority of the story focuses on the relationship between Ana and Soldier: 76, there's another relationship explored-one between a younger Soldier: 76, then called Jack Morrison, and a man named Vincent.

Although, one commenter, Lee, on Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch forum wrote, "I'm gonna be 100% honest I don't really feel like 76 being gay fits his character..." At that point, Ana is rubbing her finger, where her wedding ring used to be.

It appears to have been planned for Jack to be a queer character for some time. Or if you just want to skip to the part where it turns out Overwatch's living, breathing grizzled warrior archetype also turns out to be a proud member of the near future LGBTQ community, I'll copy it below. Written by Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu, Bastet is actually about grizzled healing sniper mum Ana Amari. Chu has since confirmed on Twitter that Vincent is, indeed, a past lover. But here's some positive reaction to the reveal, which follows the Overwatch holiday comic of 2016's confirmation that the game's cover star, Tracer, is a lesbian. "Both identify as gay". Blizzard said players can watch participating streamers during the event's duration to earn unique sprays of Ana, the Bastet gear, and Soldier: 76.

Thanks for all the messages about "Bastet"!

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Many players have celebrated Soldier: 76's news, but others think revealing him as LGBT almost three years after the game's release feels like an afterthought.

On Twitter, fans voiced their thoughts and appreciation of Jack's sexuality.

- prima' ♡ 。˚❥﹫ (@maidmeta) January 7, 2019Unexpected and good to know. Unlike with a traditional movie or TV series, most of the lore and story of Overwatch is told through this kind of supplementary writing. Fingers crossed that Blizzard will eventually deliver in that regard.

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