EA and Respawn have confirmed two playable characters in their new free-to-play battle royale game, Apex Legends, are members of the LGBTQ community.
In character profiles on the EA “Meet The Legends” page, “Shielded Fortress” Makoa Gibraltar is confirmed to have dedicated his life to helping others after his parents rescued “he and his boyfriend” from a mudslide while the couple was out joyriding on his father’s stolen motorcycle.
In an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Respawn Community Manager Jay Frechette also confirmed “Technological Tracker” Bloodhound, whose real name, age, and homeworld are unknown, is either “non-binary, or at least non-specified, in terms of gender.”
This isn’t the only multiplayer shooter to reveal LGBTQ information on playable characters lately, as a short story recently explored the LGBTQ backstory of Overwatch’s Soldier 76.
Apex Legends has hit the ground (and walls) running, with over 2.5 million players in the first 24 hours. Respawn recently revealed why there are no Titans in Apex Legends, and announced plans to allow cross-play in the future. Apex Legends is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
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