BlizzCon 2023 revealed numerous details for Overwatch 2 players to keep an eye out for. While the main focus was on the new tank hero Mauga, the devs also confirmed that the game would receive two more playable heroes, one DPS, and one support.
Who is Overwatch 2 First Nonbinary Hero?
Overwatch 2, a team-based online shooter, is getting a new nonbinary hero named Venture, who carries a giant drill.
Blizzard Entertainment, the producer of the popular multiplayer game, unveiled Venture as one of a cast of new heroes at its annual BlizzCon last Friday. Beyond concept art and a brief glimpse of gameplay, which indicated Venture might dart underground with their drill, not much is known about the character.
The future for #Overwatch2 is BRIGHT ✨
⚔️ New Game Mode CLASH
🌸 New Map Hanaoka
💥 New Damage Hero
🩹 New Support Hero
Dive into these reveals and more of what’s to come in 2024 TOMORROW at 1:30pm PT during the What’s Next Panel! pic.twitter.com/OWiUyo8Xpe
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) November 3, 2023
It didn’t take long for eagle-eyed followers to pick up on the heavy-machinery-wielding character’s nonbinary vibes. When a fan inquired about Venture’s pronouns, Overwatch 2 character technical artist Ana Martnez verified that the character’s “pronouns are they/them.”
venture’s pronouns are they/them 🙂💙💙💙
— Ana Martínez. 💀 @liquidsprocket.bsky.social (@LiquidSprocket) November 3, 2023
Another fan pointed out that the colors of the Nonbinary Pride flag appear to be incorporated into a patch on Venture’s jacket. Many fans have already taken to Venture, with numerous X users sharing fan art of the character.
— Teddy (@EntropicTeddy) November 4, 2023
— Tanth (@EnviousEtheris) November 5, 2023
According to The Gamer, this is the second character in Overwatch 2 to be identified as LGBTQ+. The first was the handsome scientist Lifeweaver, who was revealed in April and was confirmed to be pans*xual from the start.
Overwatch’s narrative designers stated at the time in a Kotaku interview that they sought to make Lifeweaver’s sexuality “part of his core character.” To the amusement of the players, this has resulted in some flirtatious conversations with support hero Baptiste, who has also been revealed as bisexual.
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After being included in the game, other Overwatch characters, including Phara, Tracer, and Soldier: 76, were revealed to be gay.
Although Blizzard’s games are becoming more diversified, parent corporation Activision Blizzard has been accused of being a toxic, anti-LGBTQ+ workplace on several occasions. The state of California sued the corporation in July 2021, alleging a culture of “constant sexual harassment” and gender discrimination.
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick disputed that the corporation had a systemic problem with harassment in June, instead blaming a “very aggressive labor movement working hard to try and destabilize the company.” The lawsuit is still underway.
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission won a $18 million settlement with Activision Blizzard in a separate complaint last year over allegations of sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination.
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