Blizzard Reveals Overwatch Hero Soldier 76 is Gay

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 9, 2019

As the characters discuss their shared history, Ana comes across a picture of a young Soldier 76 alongside another man.

Blizzard has made good on their promise to reveal more about the origins of the Overwatch cast, with new revelations about the past of Jack Morrison, aka Soldier 76.

This also isn't the first time LGBTQ representation was casually confirmed through Overwatch's popular comics and short stories.

Lead writer Michael Chu took to Twitter to confirm that Soldier: 76 is indeed gay, as is Vincent, which makes him the second confirmed queer character in the Overwatch universe.

But while it's now commonplace for lesbian characters to appear in video games it's still extremely rare for male protagonists to be portrayed as gay.

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It's been little over a year since Overwatch revealed their first gay character - the poster girl herself, Tracer.

There have been various rumours that Blizzard might one day create a single-player expansion or spin-off, but nothing has ever materialised.

"You've never looked in on him?" I bet Gabe would have put a Blackwatch agent on him if you asked... "He got married. They're very happy". Ana and Jack then reminisce about their past and, sadly, talk about how they were never able to really have normal lives.

That bit concludes with 76 lamenting that "Vincent deserved a happier life than the one I could give him". We both knew that I could never put anything above my duty. Ana chimes in, "Relationships don't work out so well for us, do they?" Jack doesn't specifically state in the story that he is only interested in men, but Chu has since confirmed via Twitter that everyone's favourite grumpy socks-and-sandals disaster identifies as gay. In the same comic, Blizzard revealed that fan-favorite Tracer was in a relationship with a woman.

Though every single hero in the Overwatch roster is subject to hopeful fan theories regarding their sexuality, there was no official information about Soldier: 76's love life before Bastet was released.

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