Earlier today, Blizzard dropped a surprise Overwatch short story about Ana and Soldier: 76. After a few months of lore drought, we finally get to see Ana and Soldier: 76’s current activities, and it finally gives us a glimpse at their personal lives. But the story is also notable for confirming Overwatch‘s second LGBTQ character.
“Bastet” takes place shortly after Ana Amari and Jack “Soldier: 76” Morrison found out that they both survived their alleged deaths. Jack travels all the way to Cairo to see if a vigilante known as Shrike was actually Ana—and he was right, of course. Jack agrees to help her take down a powerful Egyptian crime lord, and in exchange, Ana will then help him in taking down Talon. While looking through a stack of old photos during a stakeout, Ana comes across one of Jack with an old flame of his, a man named Vincent. Ana and Jack then reminisce about their past and, sadly, talk about how they were never able to really have normal lives.
“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.
“At least you and Gabe managed to have families.”
Vincent was first hinted at back in 2016 with the release of
Reflections, the comic that coincidentally also revealed Tracer to be gay. In the holiday special, there’s a small panel where Jack and Ana are sitting together, possibly during their stakeout, where Jack is looking at the same picture of him and Vincent shown in “Bastet.” Much like Tracer’s girlfriend Emily, Vincent seems like an average civilian and will probably not be a future playable character.
Since its release in 2016,
Overwatch has been one of the leading forces in creating new, diverse characters in gaming. Overwatch, after all, is probably the only game where an elderly Egyptian woman and a Russian female bodybuilder are part of the main cast. The revelation of Tracer’s sexuality two years ago made waves in the gaming community and brought a lot of praise—and some predictable backlash—to the Overwatch team. And on a personal level, it really does warm my heart to see people like me show up in the games I love.
Reflections, “Bastet” will presumably be censored out of countries with “gay propaganda laws” such as Russia. However, anti-gay laws or not, Soldier: 76 is gay, and there’s nothing Putin can do about it.