An Overwatch character will “soon” be revealed as LGBT, confirms the game’s lead writer Michael Chu. Chu also says that “multiple characters” on the game’s roster are LGBT.
Chu’s comments come almost a year after Blizzard initially announced that Overwatch would feature at least one LGBT character. Fans of the first-person shooter have been waiting for an official confirmation ever since.
Overwatch Gay Character Reveal Coming Soon
During the Overwatch Q&A panel at Blizzcon 2016, a fan said “it was revealed to us last year that one or more of the characters in the Overwatch roster are LGBT, but it was kind of forgotten for the next year or so. So I was wondering if you could tell us anything about your plans to either reveal that existing characters are queer or or introduce new queer Overwatch characters.”
Chu’s reply (it begins at around 24:30 in the video above):
“We definitely haven’t forgotten about what we said. Like we said, it’s very important for us to have diversity and inclusiveness of all types and that includes LGBT characters. There are definitely LGBT heroes – that’s multiple heroes – it’s a decision that we make when we’re developing these characters early on.
We do feel strongly that we want these stories about character’s relationships – not just romantic, but familial relationships and stuff like that – come out in the course of stories that we feel really do them justice. So, because of some of the stories we’ve done so far we haven’t had a chance to shine any light on that.
But that said, I can say that we do have a story coming up soon – and that’s not ‘Blizzard(tm) soon,’ it’s actually soon – that will address this. And just to reiterate, it is absolutely something that’s important to us.”
In the meantime, fans will no doubt continue to speculate on who those LGBT Overwatch characters are.
Popular suggestions are McCree, Hanzo, Pharah and Mercy (who make up the McHanzo and Pharmercy romantic pairings, respectively.) New character Sombra was also fans put in pairings with other female characters almost as soon as she was introduced (the adorable ‘boop’ of the Volskaya Industries chairwoman may have been a factor).
[UPDATE – Overwatch‘s first LGBT character now been revealed in a new comic.]