Soldier: 76 Confirmed As Gay
Blizzard Entertainment revealed Monday in an Overwatch short story, “Bastet,” that Soldier: 76, aka Jack Morrison, is gay. This makes him the second LGBTQ+ character in the game.
The story created speculation about Jack’s sexuality, so Michael Chu confirmed on Twitter. He wrote: “Thanks for all the messages about ‘Bastet’! Jack and Vincent were in a romantic relationship many years ago. Both identify as gay.” He followed with a heart emoji.
In the story, Ana, a former sniper, finds Soldier: 76 wounded in Cairo. She takes him to her hideout so he can recover. While he is there, he casually goes through some old photographs, lingering on one of himself and another young man. This is the mysterious Vincent. They discuss it, and the exchange implies a romance. Here is an excerpt from the story:
“Vincent…I haven’t thought about him in years,” Ana said. “Still keeping a candle lit for him?”
Jack shook his head. “Nothing like that.”
“You’ve never looked in on him? You must have been curious. All the surveillance power in the world. I bet Gabe would have put a Blackwatch agent on him if you asked,” Ana said.
Jack glared at her.
“Okay, touchy subject.”
Jack laughed. “He got married. They’re very happy. I’m happy for him.”
“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.”
“Relationships don’t work out so well for us, do they?” Ana said, unconsciously running her thumb over where her wedding ring used to be.
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Overwatch is a hero shooter game that has become incredibly popular. It prides itself on the diversity of the characters. In fact, they revealed the first LGBTQ+ character, Tracer, two years ago in the holiday comic, “Reflections.” She had a girlfriend she was spending Christmas with. Also among the 29 playable characters is Symmetria, who is autistic. The newest addition to the game is Ashe.
Good for Overwatch! I love the inclusiveness of this game since representation is so important. How they portrayed it was key, since they didn’t make it a big deal that Jack is gay. It was just a person remembering their ex. It was normal. I hope to see more stuff like this in games and all media!
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