Blizzard has revealed that upcoming Pride events in Overwatch 2 will be blocked in certain countries to protect players in less tolerant regions. Last year’s highly anticipated Overwatch 2 launch generated considerable controversy during the first nearly eight months of its lifespan. Many fans criticized the sequel for not bringing enough meaningful changes to its predecessor, especially with the recently announced shooter’s PvE story event. Now, Blizzard has revealed that it will limit Pride Month celebrations in certain regions.
Blizzard will officially confirm a special event earlier this year to celebrate Pride Month in Overwatch 2, bringing a ton of exclusive content to the popular hero shooter. The event will include a variety of cosmetics for players to earn based on the LGBT+ movement, as well as business cards from Asexual, Genderfluid, and others. Tracer, one of Overwatch’s most famous openly gay characters, will also receive a new spray featuring her and her sidekick, Emily. However, now Blizzard has confirmed that not all players will be able to participate in the celebration.
A recent update confirmed that certain regions of Overwatch 2 will not be hosting the upcoming Pride Month event in order to protect players. The developers have confirmed that the event will not take place in countries with strict anti-LGBT+ laws in order to protect players from legal troubles due to the event. Overwatch 2 Senior Game Producer Brandy Stiles also confirmed that the campaign will be “opt-in” in all countries, giving players the option to express themselves or not. Blizzard did not disclose the list of countries banned from the event at the time.
Overwatch 2’s upcoming Pride Month-themed event won’t be the first time the hero shooter has made inclusivity the game’s main message. As mentioned earlier, Tracer, one of the game’s most popular characters, has long been confirmed to have a female companion. Overwatch 2 also featured multiple LGBT+ characters, including references to Baptiste’s sexuality, and a new character, Lifeweaver, who identified as pansexual. Overwatch’s official short story also revealed that Soldier 76 is gay.
Overwatch 2 has had a rough ride since its highly anticipated sequel debuted last October. Even though the sequel added several new characters and changed the main game mode to 5v5, fans were critical of Overwatch 2 because it felt more like a major update than a full-fledged sequel. Blizzard also heavily promoted the game’s PvE campaign ahead of launch, but later confirmed that the new campaign had been canceled. Overwatch 2’s Pride Month event looks set to provide a bright spot after a tough time for fans.
Overwatch 2 is out now on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.