During a Q&A session at BlizzCon, lead writer for Overwatch, Michael Chu, addressed the issue of LGBT characters in the first-person shooter. Apparently multiple characters are homosexual and will be revealed as such in a story soon.
“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 [in Overwatch] — that’s multiple heroes.
“It’s a decision that we make when we’re developing these heroes early on. We want the stories about characters relationships — and not just romantic, but familial relationships and stuff like that — to come out in the course of stories that we feel really do them justice. So, because of some of the stories that we’ve done so far, we haven’t really had any time to shed 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’s something that absolutely is important to us.”
The sexual orientation for a lot of the characters was originally left ambiguous since it has nothing whatsoever to do with the gameplay in any regard. In fact, there is no story in the actual game, just deathmatch and co-op modes. All the story takes place outside of the game, so how this revelation of multiple characters being gay will impact the game remains to be seen, unless they have them announce it during the victory screens or character selection process.
Nevertheless, a lot of Rule34 art and fan-fiction has focused on highlighting certain characters as being in homosexual relationships, especially Tracer and Widowmaker. Most people expect Zarya to be a lesbian, but beyond that it’s a toss-up.
A lot of this comes from the recent surge in sociopolitical agendas making their way to the forefront of gaming lately, especially AAA gaming where indoctrination of SJW talking points has become the order of the day. Some gamers don’t mind SJW politics in games so long as the game is fun, others prefer playing games to escape the constant bombardment of politically correct, regressive politics.
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