The year is 2054. Frank Ocean’s third album, released just days ago, plays softly in the background. I load the hologram in the palm of my hand, the display of the news channel as mottled light on my digits.
‘Blizzard Continues to Tease Overwatch Gay Character Reveal’
Ever since Blizzard confirmed that at least one of Overwatch’s heroes is gay, fans have kept a close eye on the game. Support for slash (male/male) and femslash (female/female) couples has been unbounded as fans have produced art and entire works of fiction depicting happy and committed same-sex relationships between Overwatch characters.
Although almost an entire year has passed since the initial gay character confirmation, Blizzard continues to tease fans. In July the Overwatch Twitter reaffirmed that there is LGBT representation with a wink, but just days ago it replied to a fan’s tweet about McHanzo (the portmanteau of Mcree and Hanzo’s relationship) with the about same enthusiasm of a grossed out teenage boy.
It’s perhaps fair that fans are now asking whether Blizzard’s promise to reveal the character’s sexuality in a natural and organic way was a ruse, or a stalling tactic and that the developer never intended to provide a name at all. Furthermore, questions of whether Blizzard doesn’t want to risk poking the bigots’ beehive are more than valid.
The ball is in Blizzard’s court now; I just hope we find out who before I’m old and (fully) grey.
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