Blizzard Entertainment revealed that Overwatch hero Soldier: 76 aka Jack Morrison is gay in a new short story titled Bastet by writer Michael Chu with illustrations by Arnold Tsang and Bengal.
The short story sees Ana reunited with Soldier: 76 while on mission to capture out Adbul Hakim in Cairo, Egypt. It’s the first meeting between Ana and Soldier 76 since the destruction of Overwatch base in Switzerland where she thought Morrison had been killed.
The two eventually team up. While staying in an apartment that overlooked one of Hakim’s safe houses, Jack shares with Ana a number of photos including one that shows Soldier: 76 with his then boyfriend Vincent.
The two then discuss the photo where Ana reveals Jack and Vincent had a relationship.
“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.
“At least you and Gabe managed to have families.”
The pair lapsed back into silence
Soldier 76 is the second Overwatch hero to be revealed to be gay. Blizzard had previously revealed in the Overwatch Revelations web comic that Tracer was gay when she spent her Christmas with her girlfriend Emily.
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.
In fact, one the Soldier 76 focused web comic part of the Revelations series details Soldier 76 coming face to face with Reaper as the two both try and take down Abdul Hakim in Cairo.
What do you make of this revelation by Blizzard Entertainment?