Overwatch 2 developers are preparing something for Pride Month 2023


Something is in the works.

Overwatch 2 made some exciting reveals ahead of the upcoming Season 4 content update, including the reveal of a brand new support hero from Thailand. That character in question is Niran Pruksamanee, a Thai scientist, artist, and activist who operates under the alias Lifeweaver.

While Lifeweaver has some unique points in terms of abilities and utility that give him a special place in the hero roster, he was also introduced to the game as the first openly pansexual character in the Overwatch Universe. This was confirmed in an interview between the Overwatch 2 developers and the news outlet Kotaku, who commented that they were looking for more ways to implement and represent the Overwatch game, world, and lore.

In creating Lifeweaver, the team knew they wanted to create an openly pansexual hero, with that identity being central to his character, which is referenced during in-game voice acting and in conversations with other heroes. Lifeweaver will bring some rizz to the field, and it’s been teased that a character or two might actually play along and bite at his flirty and contagious charm.

When popular news outlet Overwatch 2 and leaks provider OWCavalry took to Twitter to share this information, the post received mixed comments. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world, so not everyone agreed with this announcement. However, there are some standout points in these comments, which can be found in the post below:

one user commented, “Why do we need to know the sexuality of heroes?” This is a point that may not seem important to all gamers since Overwatch is simply a video game set in a world of fiction. In response, another user replied that being open about the characters’ sexualities and personal details helps them feel more like real people, relate to the players, and be more involved with the game’s lore and storytelling.

In the case of Lifeweaver, this is a brilliant point. He appeals to such a wide audience because he is inclusive, diverse, and unique, all of which are important aspects of a character. However, with the revelation of Lifeweaver and its sexuality, the community was curious if the Overwatch team plans to further explore and incorporate this direction into their game.

As revealed in Kotaku’s interview, that seems to be the case as the developers even teased that They are working behind the scenes on something for Pride Month 2023. While Blizzard has said they won’t be exclusively mentioning or revealing details on this until mid-May, this new take on the game and sense of inclusivity in the community is a positive shift going forward.

https://twinfinite.net/2023/04/overwatch-2-devs-are-preparing-something-for-pride-month-2023/ Overwatch 2 developers are preparing something for Pride Month 2023

Isaiah Colbert

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