EA’s “Apex Legends” has been killing it for gamers this week, hitting over 10 million users in just a mere three days! With impressive graphics, awesome gameplay, and just generally being a ton of fun, “Apex Legends” is quickly becoming the game to beat. It may also be one of most progressive shooter games at launch.
In an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Respawn community manager Jay Frechette revealed Bloodhound is non-binary:
“I mention Bloodhound, a tracker character sporting futuristic plague doctor garb, and Frechette confirms that yes, Bloodhound is non-binary, or at least non-specified, in terms of gender.”
Meanwhile, on the official Apex Legends website, it’s revealed that Gibraltar is gay:
Gibraltar is a gentle giant with a wild side. The son of two SARAS (Search and Rescue Association of Solace) volunteers, he has always been skilled at getting others out of dangerous situations that are common in the Outlands. However, he only began to understand the value of protecting others when he and his boyfriend stole his father’s motorcycle, took it on a joyride, and got trapped by a deadly mudslide. His parents saved them, and his father lost an arm in the process. Gibraltar has never forgotten that sacrifice and has devoted his life to helping those in need.
It’s nice to see a video game like this announcing things like this upfront, rather than retconning things or explaining it like it was a mystery later (cough Soldier 76 cough). Either way, the question now is will toxic gamers step away from the game once they hear this, or will this news not affect their growing user base?