The new issue of the Overwatch comic book features official confirmation from Blizzard that Tracer is the game’s first LGBTQ character.
In the first issue of the Overwatch comic, Reflections, Tracer laments how lonely the holidays have been for her in years past, but promises that this year “is going to be different.”
After failing to buy a gift for a stranger, Tracer is given one by the man she helped, and she returns home to find herself apparently dating a woman named Emily. In the scene portrayed below, Emily receives the gift (it turns out that Tracer was trying to get a gift for her) and then thanks Tracer by giving him a kiss.
Bill Petras, the artistic director of Overwatch, mentioned at BlizzCon 2015 that there would be LGBT characters in the game, however, he did not name any specific characters. Chris Metzen, a producer at Blizzard, stated that the game would contain a large number of LGBTQ characters, implying that additional details will be provided in the near future.
Tracer and Emily ambush Winston at the door just after he had expressed his regret at having to spend the holidays alone. Tracer reflects on the joy she feels at being able to spend the holiday season with her family and friends from Overwatch.
Because she is featured in numerous marketing efforts for Overwatch, Tracer has become a major character in the game.
In fan fiction and on Tumblr, many Overwatch fans have depicted Tracer as a lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, or transgender character. Some fans have even shipped Tracer and Moira despite their hate for each other. Lucy O’Brien of IGN recently provided an in-depth discussion on the flourishing fan culture surrounding Overwatch.
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