Overwatch: Beyond Tracer, LGBT Heroes Coming Soon

Blizzard Entertainment recently revealed the first Overwatch LGBT hero, and it is none other than the Overwatch flagship hero: Tracer, which is seen in the latest Overwatch Comics: REFLECTIONS, being kissed by another woman.

However, Tracer is not the only LGBT hero in Overwatch. If you didn’t attend BlizzCon 2016, nor watched the livestream, or if you forgot, according to lead writer Michael Chu there are multiple LGBT heroes. Merely 45 days after BlizzCon, Tracer was revealed to be one of them.

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Question: Hi, I am Ruth. Following up on the diversity question from earlier, it was revealed to us last year that one or more of the characters in the Overwatch roster are LGBT, but it was kind of forgotten for the next year or so. I was wondering if you could tell us anything about your plans to either reveal or introduce new LBGT Overwatch characters?

Michael: We definitely haven’t forgotten about what we said. Like we said, it is very important for us to have diversity, and inclusiveness of all types, and that includes LGBT characters. There are definitely LGBT heroes. That’s multiple heroes. It is a decision that we make when we are developing these characters early on. We do feel strongly that we want the stories about character’s relationships, and not just romantic, but familiar relationships and stuff like that come out in the course of stories that we feel really do them justice. So because of some of the stories we have done so far, we haven’t had a chance to shine any light on that; but that said, I can say that we do have a story coming out soon, and that’s not Blizzard TM soon. It is actually soon that we will address this, and just to reiterate, it is actually something that is important to us.


At this point it is unknown whether other heroes from the launch roster are LGBT, but they are certainly not ruled out. By using the term “multiple,” Michael Chu has opened the door for unannounced heroes to be among the LGBT.

LGBT stands for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender.” So at least Tracer is represented among those four. At least 2 more heroes might potentially be represented as gay or transgender in Overwatch.

At the BlizzCon 2016 panels, it was mentioned there were more heroes coming into the game in 2017, and just a few hours ago, Jeff Kaplan reconfirmed more heroes are coming in 2017.


You can read the full transcript of the BlizzCon 2016 Overwatch Q&A Panel (the quote above is from page 2).

All BlizzCon 2016 Panel transcripts can be found here.


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