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Overwatch lead writer confirms popular video game character is gay

Overwatch lead writer confirms popular video game character is gay

Soldier 76 from Overwatch

The lead writer for hugely popular video game Overwatch just confirmed a major character is gay.

Michael Chu took to Twitter last night (7 January) to confirm the news Soldier 76 (previously known as Jack Thompson) was gay.

He wrote: ‘Thanks for all the messages about “Bastet”! Jack and Vincent were in a romantic relationship many years ago. Both identify as gay.’

It comes about after a short story entitled Bastet revealed Soldier 76 was in a previous same-sex romance.

The short story focuses on Soldier 76 and fellow hero Ana.

Ana finds a picture of the young soldier alongside another man. The other man is someone called Vincent, who was once a love interest for Soldier 76, but they broke up.

Fans loved the revelation, posting to social media with fan art.

Zarya comes out as a lesbian

It’s not the first LGBTI character to come out in Overwatch – in 2016, writers revealed Zarya is a lesbian.

Michael Chu said at the time: ‘It’s very important for us to have diversity and inclusiveness of all types, and that includes LGBT characters.

‘There are definitely LGBT heroes [in Overwatch] — that’s multiple heroes.’

‘We want the stories about characters relationships — and not just romantic, but familial relationships and stuff like that — to come out in the course of stories that we feel really do them justice… it’s something that absolutely is important to us,’ Chu said.

The London Gaymers is a fast-growing social group for LGBTI gamers to meet like-minded people in a safe and inclusive environment.

Gay Star News spoke to Curtis Free from the London Gaymers about why this announcement is so important.

He said: ‘By having a visible LGBTI character in such a popular title, Blizzard is sending the gaming community a message that its games are for everyone.’

Free then added: ‘It really highlights the commitment Blizzard have to opening minds and normalising LGBTI characters and heroes.’

See also:

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