Saturday, December 4, 2021

Rainbow Six Siege gets its first transgender operator

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is an online tactical shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft.

The game will soon be bringing its first transgender operator, who will be joining the roster starting tomorrow. The character is named Osa, and she’s a two-health, two-speed, two-difficulty character using a Talon-8 Clear Shield to block incoming bullets.

The developers did not reveal her gender identity during the announcement, nor was it discussed during previews for the upcoming Year 6 Season 3 content.

But, sources reported noticing a line in Osa’s biography which mentions a “transition” and when Ubisoft was asked for confirmation. Here’s what Ubisoft had to say: 

“The decision to create a transgender character was made early on, as part of our initiative to have an inclusive roster of Operators. The consultants, all of whom are trans people, wanted to make sure that Osa was presented as authentically and organically as possible.”

The studio further went ahead by stating that they hired a queer person to write down the character as well as they hired a trans woman to voice Osa.

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Osa’s identity in the game is “certainly influenced by her gender, who she is in the Siege universe is centered on her talents, her influence on Nighthaven, and her close friendship to Kali.” 

However, one thing to remember here is that there are still no mentions of Osa’s character and also that the only hint at her identity is a line that mentions her transition in her biography. 

“She followed her passion for creation and technology and studied electromechanics at a vocational school, and then military engineering at the University of Zagreb where she excelled at robotics engineering. She found herself isolated due to her unorthodox approach and others’ attitudes toward her transition, so she focused on her work.” reads Osa’s biography in the game.

This strong transgender character will be joining the roster starting tomorrow. I hope you like the character.


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