Overwatch’s next hero is not Sojourn, but a lot of people wish she were

    
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You all remember how people were a little bit miffed about the introduction of Wrecking Ball/Hammond into the Overwatch lineup, right? To summarize very quickly, some players were a bit miffed that the game still doesn’t feature a black woman in its cast (a demographic that makes up at least 7% of the US population) but does feature a hamster in a mech suit (a demographic that makes up at least 0% of the US population). It feels like director Jeff Kaplan was trying to mollify the people annoyed by this by mentioning that the game does have a black lady in its lore… but that was somewhat undercut by further stating that she’s not the next hero. And sure, she’s your off-camera guide and narrator in the Storm Rising archives co-op mission this month, but that’s not the same as being playable (although it might be a sign of hope that they’ve got a voice actor on speed dial)!

Sojourn, who is hinted at in early trailers, has unclear abilities, history, and motives; all that’s known is that she’s part of the large pool of planned heroes that the developers have had since before launch, which also includes our hamster-ball-with-guns friend. But we know that Sojourn isn’t next on the list (although we don’t know who is), and if you were annoyed that the team found the time to make a hamster ball a character before a black woman, you are probably not made less annoyed by learning that the team already had the concepts for both but just put the hamster ball higher on the priority list.

Source: Kotaku
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jealouspirate

Overwatch is a perfect example of how hard it is to please certain people. The character roster in Overwatch is already much, much more diverse than most games. It goes out of its way to include different races, genders, and even sexuality.

And instead of getting credit for pushing boundaries, it’s just never enough. Every new character is judged against this diversity standard that just keeps moving. It will never be enough. Why can’t Blizzard make a fun imaginative character like Hammond? Well, because the game’s roster isn’t already a perfect representation of the USA’s census data.

And all of this for a multiplayer lobby shooter that doesn’t even have a story. When this is the reception you get for trying, you can see why certain people/companies don’t even bother.

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Jeremy Barnes

to be fair, there’s always going to be someone who is upset over anything. A lot of this controversy seem to come from sites like this that know these articles will get hits from people who are upset, but even more so from people who are upset about those people who are upset. It’s the definition of clickbait.

Step 1: “There are some people somewhere who are upset about this!”
Step 2: “OMG, I can’t believe some people somewhere are upset about this!”
Step 3: “I can’t believe you’re upset about people being upset about this!”
Step 4: Collect clicks.

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jealouspirate

If only Hammond had been a black female hamster, this all could have been avoided.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Hamster in a Ball was done by Atlas Reactor first!
https://www.atlasreactorgame.com/en/character/isadora/

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Grave Knight

To be fair they probably put Hammond higher on the priority because he fills the tank role while Sojourn will likely fill a DPS role.

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Bannex

I kinda wish they’d let the overwatch team create the game they want instead of turning everything into some sort of diversity parade.

Overwatch doesn’t owe the world shit and they’re not responsible for ensuring everybody is fully represented. It’s a video game not a college application.

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Delphos

What matters is if the character is fun or not, if they`re White, black, purple or green with pink circles is bullshit! Oh and Wrecking ball is one of the funniest toons in the game!

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Sorenthaz

“Some players were a bit miffed”

You mean a Kotaku columnist who wrote an article complaining that they added a new white girl before a black one?

Also I wonder what will be next on the inclusion list after they eventually do tack a black female character on.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I thought I was reading Polygon.

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PurpleCopper

that’s kind of entering into the racist Afrocentric territory, I’m pretty sure that only a very small minority actually believe ancient Egyptians are “blacks” (sub-saharran?) . As for the modern day Pharah, she’s mixed with Native-American and Egyptian blood, so she doesn’t count.

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Jaymes Buckman

She counts as something.

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Bannex

Please explain the racist afrocentric theory.

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BalsBigBrother

Demographics and diversity aside I really enjoy playing as a hamster in a mech suit. So much fun playing hamster bowling and punting people off the edge of maps.

Will be interesting to see what the next hero ends up being.

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zerohunt

I love abnormal characters like this too. Who cares about human #6 when you can play as characters like a sentient mini-gun who can turn into a tank or a talking gorilla with a lightning gun?

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DeadlyAccurate

Also, on Eichenwald attack, you can swing around the right side of the map (outside edge, off the map) and come in onto the point from the gateside.