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Overwatch story confirms Tracer as first LGTBQ character

Tracer and Emily seem like a wonderful pair

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Blizzard’s “Overwatch” game is one of the hottest titles on the market, the game was boasting well over 7M players when we last checked-in on the growing player-base back in June. Since then, fans have submitted character-based stories, decorated their computers and phones with custom fan-art, and have fallen in love with the almost two-dozen heroes that are featured within the game.

While demand for more lore and backstory on the iconic Overwatch characters has been going strong since launch, Blizzard has only been trickling out the content over the past year. The latest from Blizzard is a publication from ‘Reflections,’ and it centers around a few favorite characters, and their holiday plans.

Tracer has always been one of the more featured heroes of Overwatch, and she is also my personal favorite. The time-bending wisecracker took centerstage in the story once again, and is featured in the comic along with other characters like Winston and McCree.

The story shows Tracer at home, sharing the holidays with her apparent love, a woman named Emily. It’s a very cute story, surrounding a holiday moment with some of Overwatch’s beloved characters, but Blizzard also used the moment to confirm that Tracer is the first LGBTQ character within the Overwatch world. The video-game community is diverse and stretches across several generations, so Tracer’s sexuality will simply be another a fact for most of the players, but the choice by Blizzard to make her sexuality canon gives the character more backstory and offers players better insight into her life.

Reflections is a free read, and you can find the comic on the official website.

Windows PC, PS4, and Xbox One gamers can join the fight for the future today by purchasing the Overwatch: Origins Edition on Amazon.com on their choice of platform. That edition comes with a collection of hero skins that provide players with insight into five characters’ pasts—Blackwatch Reyes (Reaper), Strike-Commander Morrison (Soldier: 76), Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and Slipstream Tracer—as well as a cache of goodies for several Blizzard Entertainment games, including glowing Mercy wings for Diablo III, a Baby Winston pet for World of Warcraft, a set of heroic StarCraft II portraits, an Overwatch-themed Hearthstone card back, and the playable Tracer hero for Heroes of the Storm.

Overwatch is also available in a limited-edition, retail-only Collector’s Edition which contains all of the content listed above along with a full-color sourcebook, the Overwatch soundtrack, and a high-quality collectible statue of Soldier: 76—the vigilante alter ego of former Overwatch commander Jack Morrison.