Overwatch Will Soon Have LGBT Characters, Blizzard Confirms

The game's new queer storylines are "not just romantic, but familial."

The creators of Blizzard’s first-person shooter game Overwatch confirmed this week that one or more of the game’s characters will come out as LGBT.

Fans have speculated for months, but Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu confirmed the news during a Q&A panel at Blizzcon 2016 on Sunday.

“It’s very important for us to have diversity and inclusiveness of all types and that includes LGBT characters,” Chu told a fan who asked for clarification on whether any existing characters are queer.

“There are definitely LGBT heroes—that’s multiple heroes. It’s a decision that we make when we’re developing these characters early on.”

Chu also said the company’s decision to include queer characters was influenced by fan demand, and that their storylines will be more than just romantic.


“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,” he said.

Reiterating that LGBT storylines are “absolutely something that’s important to [Blizzard],” Chu said to expect the updates relatively soon.


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