Overwatch just gained yet another popular gay character.
Two years ago, the online role-playing shooter game published by Blizzard Entertainment revealed that a character in the game, who also happened to be its mascot, was gay.
Blizzard made the reveal through a special Christmas themed comic in which Tracer was revealed to be spending the holiday with her girlfriend Emily.
Blizzard then told IGN in a statement that “Tracer is a lesbian on the LGBTQ+ spectrum.”
But now, it looks like Tracer’s not alone, as another popular character has been revealed to be gay.
A recent short story titled “Bastet” shows Soldier 76, real name John Francis “Jack” Morrison, worrying over the struggle of keeping a relationship while working as a professional soldier.
As an excerpt for the short story shows:
Jack laughed. “[Vincent] got married. They’re very happy. I’m happy for him.”
Ana was unconvinced. In the early days, Jack talked about [Vincent] often, floating a dream that the war would end quickly, and maybe he’d have a chance to return to a normal life.
But a normal life was never the reward for people like us.
“Vincent deserved a happier life than the one I could give him.” Jack sighed. “We both knew that I could never put anything above my duty. Everything I fought for was to protect people like him… That’s the sacrifice I made.”
“Bastet” author Michael Chu, who also wrote the Tracer digital comic, confirmed that Soldier 76 identifies as gay.
The 40 million people across the globe who play this game monthly were surprised by the recent short story. Some straight male players are lamenting, as they saw the ex-military/Americana/professional soldier and his macho persona as representation for them. That said, many LGBTQ players and geek/gaming enthusiasts celebrated the announcement.