In Bastet (an official Overwatch quick story launched as we speak) Blizzard have confirmed that yet another member of the game’s ever-expanding forged suits beneath that cozy LGBTQ+ umbrella. Eternal squad dad Jack “Soldier 76” Morrison as soon as had a lad again house named Vincent, however the mission was tragically extra essential than love. It’s a minor revelation, however consistent with Blizzard’s odd divide between Overwatch’s characters within the quick area shooter, and as they seem in its prolonged fiction – fleshed out, with motivations and histories. You can learn Bastet for your self in PDF format here.
While social media is all a’Twitter concerning the revelation that Trooper McShootman prefers the corporate of different squad dads, the main focus of the story is on squad grandma Ana and her relationship with Soldier 76 and Reaper. It’s a fantastically offered little piece, with chunky pull quotes, background artwork and some excessive decision illustrations. The content material of the writing isn’t fairly so spectacular. I can’t assist however elevate an eyebrow on the folks of Neo Future Egypt driving robotic camels. Perhaps consistent with Overwatch’s world of larger-than-life worldwide stereotypes, however maybe slightly too Mega Man X for me.
BASTET: A fierce protector arises from the shadows . . .
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) January 7, 2019
The predominant thrust of the story does spotlight the widening hole between Overwatch’s bigger lore and the game itself. Lines like “Gabriel is on the market. Talon is getting extra highly effective. They
have to be stopped” sound dramatic, however within the game Soldier 76 and Reaper are buddies half the time. With them sometimes sassing one another within the warmth of battle, however in any other case combating low-stakes matches in opposition to one other mismatched crew of heroes and villains. It virtually appears like there’s two separate Overwatch universes at this level, and the one we’re not taking part in has a narrative.
Unsurprisingly, the Overwatch fan-fiction contingent are buzzing with exercise over this reveal and are adjusting their delivery charts as we converse. I jest – everybody was already smooching on everybody 24/7 anyway. Yes, even the robots.