Overwatch currently has 31 playable heroes. One of them is a gorilla from the moon. Another hamster in a mecha ball. None of them are black women. This is a series of increasingly exasperated pleasures from fans over the years, to little avail. Now, finally, Blizzard has confirmed the existence of an upcoming black woman hero: Sojourn. Overwatch 2 a game with no release date.
Big-budget video games do not feature many playable black women. But Overwatch at the very least, purports to care about inclusion, so for many players, it's been baffling to see multiple genetically-engineered animals and old white guys make the cut before a black woman. Sojourn, a former member of the heroic Overwatch organization who wants to make a return, will finally change that. At BlizzCon, she appeared in a trailer and was officially confirmed as an upcoming hero. Why now, though? Or really, why whenever Overwatch 2 finally comes out? Why a whole new game? Why not sooner? Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan said it's because Sojourn has become a major part of the series' story.
Overwatch Kotaku at BlizzCon over the weekend. Overwatch 2 she began to move to the center of the story. She's coming to the surface now. You saw her in [the recent PVE event] Storm Rising. She was the commander sent the Havana on that mission. Overwatch 2 for many years now. "
As Kaplan pointed out, Sojourn has been skulking around in Overwatch 's scaffolding for years. Many fans first noticed her in the 2016 "Recall" animated short which was used by Winston on AI-powered computer to put out a despatched call to lapsed overwatch members. Sojourn what one of those heroes.
Since then, fans have waited in mounting frustration for her arrival. Kaplan, who, in one case in 2017, wrote back with a heartfelt response in which he said that "the most important thing to do with this is to consider and reflect society start portraying very normal things as being normal ". During our BlizzCon interview, Kaplan explained that Sojourn's slow rollout is all part of a larger plan.
"I personally feel like the right thing to do with the character is still coming out because the community is upset with us, "Kaplan said. "I tend to find that there's always a community upset with us over something. Overwatch inclusivity is the idea that we're open-minded, that we want to feel welcome to the universe, and the result of that is diversity. I would hate for the diversity to ever feel pandering, like we just had this spreadsheet with a bunch of checkboxes.
But while it's one thing to overtly pander to a marginalized audience in hopes of coaxing dollars out of their wallets, it's a ridiculous notion to think about it. " it's something else to run a game for three and a half years, add numerous heroes to it, and fail to represent a sizable segment of the populace who have counted to countless times, only to be back to the line. One character among a roster of 31 (and counting) is not pandering.
On top of that, the Overwatch Team has been effusive in the past about moments when they got excited about a hero idea or design, and that hero jumped the line and quickly made it into the game. But Kaplan said he would not work with Sojourn. He uses the game's most recent hero, Sigma, as a contrast. Sigma, he said, is "not at the center of our story" and what's more. "This is great gameplay that matches a cool character right now?" This, said Kaplan, made Sigma's story "more malleable."
"Overwatch 2 If we were just to remove Sojourn and child of fast track," he said.
For now, chaplain just wants Sojourn wants to be worth the wait.
"While I know it's a really important issue for a lot of people, they just need to know that sojourn is amazing. treat her like an actual human being-just rush out, "he said. Overwatch 2 is going to be really meaningful to a lot of our fans. "