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Overwatch is Really Supporting Diversity

Overwatch is a game that’s been heralded for its diversity. It is packed with myriad genders, racial and sexual identities throughout its 24-hero pool. Now, Blizzard Entertainment is throwing neurological diversity into the mix as well, confirming fan speculation that one of the game’s most popular characters is on the autistic spectrum.

A letter from Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan reignited the conversation, after its recipient posted it on Tumblr. The viral image included Kaplan explicitly referring to Symmetra, one of the game’s most intriguing and intelligent heroes, as autistic for the first time. Here’s the actual picture of the letter:

“It’s very astute of you to notice that she mentioned the spectrum in our coming,” Kaplan wrote, referring to an official Overwatch coming released back in May. “Symmetra is autistic. She is one of our most beloved heroes and we think she does a great job of representing just how awesome someone with autism can be.”

The Symmetra-focused coming entitled “A Better World” was the source of this speculations as Symmetra descibed herself as always being seen as “different.” She also stated “Asking where I fit on the spectrum,” and “it used to bother me. Because I knew it was true. It doesn’t bother me anymore. Because I can do things nobody else can do.”

For a popular game with no actual campaign or story mode, Overwatch really did a good job in creating a deep lore. The comics that they make are a great place to know more about the colorful characteristics of the heroes. Aside from Symmetra’s autism, Tracer was introduced as the game’s first lesbian character in her own comic that was released during the Christmas season last year. We’re very excited to know more about the remaining heroes.

Ritz

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