The “Overwatch” collection of heroes has always been a diverse group of characters, and the latest dive into the Overwatch lore has revealed that Soldier 76 is now the second LGBTQ+ character in the game.
Soldier 76’s past has been a long-standing mystery in the game. As one of the original members of the Overwatch team, and one of the original set of characters that launched with the game, he’s one of the pillars of the community. In the game, Soldier 76’s original name was Jack Morrison; he changed to Solider 76 after Overwatch disbanded and went underground. Solider 76’s past is the focal point in a new short story that was released today called “Bastet.” In the story, Jack is wounded and his team member Ana treats his wounds and most likely saves his life. Throughout the story Soldier 76 is looking through old photos, stopping on photo that features Solider 76 and a man that we learn is called Vincent. The story implies that Jack and Vincent were once romantically involved, a fact that Blizzard Entertainment backed up. The passage reads:
“Vincent…I haven’t thought about him in years,” Ana said. “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. All the surveillance power in the world. I bet Gabe would have put a Blackwatch agent on him if you asked,” Ana said.
Jack glared at her.
“Okay, touchy subject.”
Jack laughed. “He got married. They’re very happy. I’m happy for him.”
“Vincent deserved a happier life than the one I could give him.” Jack sighed. “We both knew that I could never put anything above my duty. Everything I fought for was to protect people like him… That’s the sacrifice I made.”
“Relationships don’t work out so well for us, do they?” Ana said, unconsciously running her thumb over where her wedding ring used to be.
Solider 76 isn’t the first LGTBQ+ character in the game, the hero Tracer spent time with her girlfriend in a “Reflections” comic that came out around the holidays two years ago. Just like Solider 76, Tracer was one of the original Overwatch team members, and on the set of original heroes that launched with the game. It’s great to see the Overwatch story continue to grow in the comics and that the writers are continuing to diversify the lineup.