I’ve got you in my sights
Blizzard has released a new Overwatch short story called Bastet, which reveals a small piece of information confirming original roster-member Soldier 76 as an LGBTQ character.
Announced on the official Overwatch Twitter account, the 14-page story features heroes Ana and Jack Morrison (Soldier 76) meeting up for the first time after thinking the other dead. The pair strike a deal to take on an evil organization in Egypt, and reminisce about the past.
During the preparation, Soldier 76 pours over some old photographs. In one, Ana recognizes his former lover, Vincent. Ana asks Jack if he still holds a candle for Vincent, but Jack denies it, saying “Vincent deserved a happier life than the one I could give him.”
We are also treated to a look at the new Bastet Ana skin which is set to come out. The skin features the black and gold cat goddess mask shown in the short story. Ana wears it in the hope that it will become a guardian figure for the people of Egypt, who she feels responsible for.
This is one of the first pieces of Overwatch lore we’ve seen in a while about a long-established character, and fans on Twitter are going crazy:
WOAH HOLD ON THERE YOU CANT JUST BE DROPPING THIS KINDS OF STUFF OUT OF NOWHERE — Mafuyu (@lameotaku_) January 7, 2019
the evolution of soldier 76’s character from “gritty captain america” to “grumpy old dad” was already p great, but then they add “carries around a photo of his ex-boyfriend he’s still tragically in love with” wow — adri (@felandaris) January 7, 2019
LORE LORE LORE LORE LORE YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS IT’S BEEN 84 YEARS — Lola @finals (@LolaTempest) January 7, 2019
Many official Overwatch League team accounts also replied to the Tweet including the Houston Outlaws. This team hosts the first openly LGBTQ player in the league Austin “Muma” Wilmot and are known for being pro LGBTQ.
Thank you PlayOverwatch, very cool.
— Houston Outlaws (@Outlaws) January 7, 2019
Soldier 76 isn’t the first LGBTQ character in Overwatch. In 2016, it was revealed that Tracer had a girlfriend, Emily.