Gaymers have yet another reason to love Overwatch.
There’s no shortage of colorful characters for queer Overwatch players to select in the widely popular first-person shooter. Characters like Moira, Ashe, and more serve up loads of Big Queer Energy. But, up until now, only one character — the fast-moving Tracer — has been confirmed as canonically queer. Well, that seems to have now changed.
In “Bastet,” a new official short story released earlier today, Blizzard — the gaming company behind games like Overwatch, Diablo and Warcraft — basically said that Soldier: 76, one of the game’s original heroes and the hero everyone must pay during the game’s tutorial mode, had a relationship with a man named Vincent prior to the events depicted in the game.
Wait so did they just confirm Jack was in a relationship with the mysterious photo guy? pic.twitter.com/VDu60fYntd
— Kelly Turnbull (@Coelasquid) January 7, 2019
In the comic, sniper Ana finds Soldier: 76 wounded in the streets of Cairo and brings him back to her hideout to patch him up. During this reunion, Ana sees Soldier: 76 going through some old photos, one of which is a picture of him next to a dark-haired man named Vincent.
Then, this exchange:
“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.
gays logging onto overwatch to play as solider 76 for the sole fact he’s gay pic.twitter.com/hiJt2yKrhp
— flynn (@key_boardsmash) January 7, 2019
SOLDIER 76 IS CANONICALLY ATTRACTED TO MEN pic.twitter.com/MvGcIjrIAk
— Adam Moussa (@adamjmoussa) January 7, 2019
I know a random nobody ex-boyfriend is not anyone's ideal way to reveal this but soldier 76 being gay gives me so much satisfaction because he's one of the ones that will make the straight men maddest
— solid snake amiibo enthusiast (@darkmayproject) January 7, 2019
*extremely Soldier 76 voice* We're all homos now
— consumerjism (@kamilumin) January 7, 2019
solider 76 ???? A queer icon ?????? We been knew bUT WE ALSO POPPIN BOTTLES pic.twitter.com/x13VJ9LsQp
— Lynn (@mowodymochi) January 7, 2019
The revelation about Soldier: 76’s PrEP-fueled earlier days come two years after an Overwatch comic outed Tracer as gay and showed her rushing through the streets of London to find a present for her girlfriend.
No word yet on whether Daddy: 76 aka Soldier 70-Thicc is a top or a bottom, but we’re sure there’s some DeviantArt user probing that question as we speak.