On Monday, Blizzard Entertainment officially confirmed that Soldier: 76, a character in “Overwatch,” is now recognized as the second LGBTQ+ character in the game’s universe.
Until this recent revelation, Blizzard had been silent about Soldier: 76’s personal life within the game’s lore. When approached for a statement, a representative from Blizzard Entertainment referred inquiries to Michael Chu’s Twitter account. Chu, in a tweet, affirmed that Jack and Vincent, characters in a “romantic relationship” many years ago, both identify as gay.
A spokesperson for Blizzard also informed Variety, saying, “Yes, Soldier: 76 (aka Jack Morrison) identifies as LGBT. It was revealed in our latest short story, ‘Bastet,’ that Jack had a male love interest named Vincent.”
This development was unveiled in a new short story titled “Bastet,” which centers around the character Ana. The narrative unfolds as Ana discovers a wounded Soldier: 76 on the streets of Cairo and takes him to her hideout for recovery.
In the course of perusing through photographs in the short story, Soldier: 76 is captured dwelling on an image depicting him alongside a young dark-haired man named Vincent. The interaction between Ana and Vincent strongly suggests that Jack was formerly romantically involved with the enigmatic character Vincent, as outlined below:
“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.
The excerpt suggests that Soldier: 76 has been a queer character all along, marking the first explicit reference to his sexuality. Notably, two years ago, Blizzard unveiled in the “Reflections” holiday comic that the beloved character Tracer had a girlfriend and was celebrating Christmas with her. The same photograph featuring Soldier: 76, observed in “Bastet,” can also be spotted in that particular comic, as pointed out by Polygon.
“Overwatch” stands as a popular hero shooter boasting 29 playable characters, the most recent addition being the Damage hero Ashe. Renowned for its diverse cast, the series features characters with rich personalities and backgrounds, including LGBTQ+-friendly characters like Tracer and Symmetra, who is portrayed as having autism.