Image: Colorlines via Overwatch 2 trailer
Sojourn, who is slated to become the first Black woman hero in the "Overwatch" video game franchise, will be in control of her universe, according to the game's director.
Game director Jeff Kaplan says the game will soon have a Black character named Sojourn, and she will be the hero of her own storyline. “We concepted Sojourn before the original ‘Overwatch’ game even launched,” Kaplan told Kotaku November 5. “She immediately became a very important character to us, and as we were developing the idea for ‘Overwatch 2,’ she sort of started to move to the center of the story. She’s coming to the surface now.” When asked why she had to wait so long when 31 other heroes have already made their debut, Kaplain said, “While I know it’s a really important issue to a lot of people, they need to know that Sojourn is amazing, and we would rather do right by the character—treat her like an actual human being—than just rush her out.
Kotaku writer Nathan Grayson noted the weakness of Kaplan’s excuse. “One character among a roster of 31 (and counting) is not pandering. That’s the absolute bare minimum of representation.”
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