Blizzard Entertainment has confirmed that the Overwatch character Soldier: 76 identifies as gay.
In a new short story called 'Bastet', published on the official Overwatch Twitter account, an image and a discussion between two of the main heroes, Ana and Soldier: 76, whose real name is Jack Morrison, reveals more about the character's past.
Former sniper Ana comes across a wounded Soldier: 76 in the streets of Cairo and she takes him back to her hideout. She sees him flicking through some old photographs, including one of Jack with a man called Vincent.
She then asks him how he feels about his 'old flame':
'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.
Soldier: 76 isn't the first LGBT+ character from Overwatch. Two years ago, it was revealed that one of their female characters Tracer was in a relationship with another woman, after it was announced she was spending time with her girlfriend Emily over Christmas.
Taking to Twitter, the Leader writer of Overwatch, Michael Chu, confirmed that Jack and Vincent both identify as gay.
Despite the inevitable trolls (ergh), many people on Twitter were overjoyed by the news.
HT Daily Dot