Ubisoft confirms their latest update will include the game’s first transgender operator
Inclusivity is something more and more tv shows and films are striving towards, but what about games? Well, Rainbow Six Siege has just given us the answer with the game’s first transgender operator to be featured in this week’s update.
Osa, the newest attacker to be added to the roster, comes with Content 3 and the Crystal Guard update for Rainbow Six Siege Year 6 Season 3 and it has now been confirmed by Ubisoft of her transition when it previously hadn’t been. This is part of Ubisoft’s initiative to add more inclusive and playable characters.
Who is the first transgender operator?
Anja “Osa” Jankovic is described to be a fierce competitor as well as an obsessive and passionate person. She’s a two-health, two-speed, two-difficulty character and has tactical robotic shields that she can use for protection, as well as the ability to be deployed from windows and doorways- a helpful skill for both herself and her teammates.
Osa’s bio card briefly touches upon her transition but GameSpot reached out to Ubisoft for confirmation. The company confirmed Osa is transgender and how the development team went to great lengths to create this character by hiring a group of trans consultants for the game. It was also confirmed Osa was written by a queer individual and is voiced by Nicole Maines, a trans actress, to make the character feel even more authentic.
This isn’t the first time for Rainbow Six Siege to feature inclusivity amongst its playable roster as Flores, Osa’s co-operator in Year 6, was already announced to be an openly gay character. What’s more, both Osa and Flores were planned early on in Ubisoft’s initiative so there could be a lot more inclusive characters to be added later into the game.
Rainbow Six Siege Year 6 Season 3 update goes live today and this kind of inclusivity to be featured in such a popular game will hopefully have a big, positive impact on the trans community in gaming.
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