Overwatch’s Soldier: 76 is gay - and it’s been hinted at for years

Soldier 76 Overwatch

Soldier 76 Overwatch

Earlier today, Blizzard dropped a surprise Overwatch short story about Ana and Soldier: 76. In many ways, the story is a glance back at the past, told through a present-day meeting between Ana and Soldier: 76.

Until this week, Blizzard has kept mum on anything regarding Soldier: 76's personal life in the lore surrounding the game.

Ana may be the stories' featured hero, and get an awesome new skin previewed at the end, but fans also learn a lot about Soldier: 76 (AKA Jack Morrison) as well.

It's clearly implied here that this "Vincent" was in a relationship with Soldier for some time while he was a part of Overwatch.

Titled Bastet, the short story can be read here, but here's a quick sum-up.

Bastet is the newest Overwatch short story by the game's lead writer, Micheal Chu, that dives into Ana's origins and backstory, as well as her friendship with Soldier 76, Jack Morrison.

Soldier 76 and Ana discuss
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Blizzard has previously mentioned that a number of the Overwatch Heroes are LGBTQ, with Chu saying that "it's very important for us to have diversity and inclusiveness of all types, and that includes LGBT characters". Ana sees one of those photos - 76 with an arm around Vincent, and asks "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.

"Vincent deserved a happier life than the one I could give him".

You can take a look at Jack and Vincent sharing happier times below, as well as the accompanying page on which his tale of heartbreak unfolds. Jack sighed. "We both knew that I could never put anything above my duty. That's the sacrifice I made". Ana responds by saying that "relationships don't work out so well" for people like them. Ana also explains that she's been on the run ever since she woke up in a hospital in Poland without any memory of who she was. And it turns out that the two may have been in love (although he's since married someone else), indicating that he is in fact gay- the latest character in the series to be revealed as such, following the likes of Tracer (who was "outed" two years ago in a holiday photo with her girlfriend) and Zarya (bisexual).

Interestingly enough in that same Revelations web comic, there appears to be an image of Ana and Soldier 76 holed up in the apartment hunting Adbul Hakim reminiscing over the photograph of Soldier 76 and Vincent.

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