• Characters from the video game 'Overwatch' will be revealed as LGBT+ in the game's next update. (Instagram / OverwatchRP)Source: Instagram / OverwatchRP
A video game released earlier this year is making the gaming world more LGBT+ friendly by revealing characters within the game as LGBT+.
Shami Sivasubramanian

22 Nov 2016 - 10:04 AM  UPDATED 22 Nov 2016 - 10:04 AM

Makers of the video game Overwatch have confirmed that some of the game’s characters will be revealed as LGBT+. The reveal, however, comes months after the game was first launched in May earlier this year. 

Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind Overwatch, reportedly chose to only reveal the sexual orientation of characters in an upcoming new version of the game so as to allow players to “get to know them without bias”.

“It’s very important for us to have diversity and inclusiveness of all types, and that includes LGBT characters. There are definitely LGBT heroes in Overwatch. That’s multiple heroes,” Michael Chu, one of the game's lead writers told fans during a Q&A session.

“We want the stories about characters relationships – not just romantic, but familial relationships and stuff like that — to come out in the course of stories that we feel really do them justice. It’s something that absolutely is important to us.”

The makers have been praised for increasing the representation of LGBT+ characters in the video gaming world, as shared by London Gaymers representative, Curtis Free. 

He tells Gay Star News, “By having a visible LGBTI character in such a popular title, Blizzard is sending the gaming community a message that its games are for everyone."

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