The Overwatch community has been known to create various backstories for the game’s characters that aren’t necessarily reflected by Blizzard’s official biographies for them, but now the developer has stated that there are LGBT heroes in the game, as has been widely suspected by its fans.
Blizzard was asked about LGBT representation during a Q&A session at BlizzCon, with lead writer Michael Chu providing the following response (via Mic):
“We definitely haven’t forgotten about what we said. 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.”
While it may seem odd that Blizzard has decided to postpone “outing” these characters so many months after the game’s release, if the developer has decided to delay expanding upon its characters’ sexualities as a result of wanting to handle their stories more carefully, then we can definitely get behind that decision.
Since Overwatch‘s release there has been a ton of fan art dedicated to depicting the game’s heroes as LGBT, but no mention from Blizzard in regards to their intended sexual orientations. It’s unclear how Blizzard plans to go about shedding some light on which characters are LGBT, but Chu’s comments seem to indicate that we should find out sooner rather than later.