Overwatch's Solider: 76 Has Been Revealed To Be Gay

'Overwatch' character Soldier 76 confirmed as canonically gay

Fast forward to today, and we've just gotten our second queer character through a new Overwatch short story.

Interestingly enough in that same Revelations web comic, there appears to be an image of Ana and Soldier 76 holed up in the apartment hunting Adbul Hakim reminiscing over the photograph of Soldier 76 and Vincent.

A short story tie-in to one of the most popular games in the world revealed that one of the game's most recognisable characters is gay - generating an enthusiastic response from fans, many of whom had already suspected as much.

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. Jack shook his head. Ana goes on, "You've never looked in on him?" You must have been curious. Instead, Jack is left to unconvincingly insist he's happy Vincent moved on and got married to someone else, and that he isn't still pining at all. "They're very happy. I'm happy for him".

That bit concludes with 76 lamenting that "Vincent deserved a happier life than the one I could give him".

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Overwatch has certainly been at the vanguard of character diversity, in terms of gender and sexuality, but despite all the complex backstories for the characters and their world none of it is really mentioned in the actual game, which has nearly no story content. Everything I fought for was to protect people like him... In the same comic, Blizzard revealed that fan-favorite Tracer was in a relationship with a woman.

Michael Chu, the lead writer of Overwatch, later confirmed on Twitter that Soldier 76, a super-soldier once known as Jack Thompson, identifies as gay.

It's not really made clear whether Soldier: 76 is homosexual, bisexual, or something else entirely, but it's a pretty solid indication about the character's background. Much like Tracer's girlfriend Emily, Vincent seems like an average civilian and will probably not be a future playable character.

Newsbeat has contacted Blizzard Entertainment for a statement.

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