Blizzard Confirm Theory About Symmetra and Autism

If you play Overwatch, you’ll notice the wide range of diverse heroes in it’s lineup. Blizzard is known for its diversity within games, and now they have confirmed that one of the games most popular characters, Symmetra, is on the autism spectrum.

This confirmation came from a letter sent to an Overwatch fan by Jeff Kaplan. The recipient posted the letter on tumblr, to which it spread like wildfire about the Overwatch community.

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As you can see above, Kaplan writes “It was very astute of you to notice that she mentioned the spectrum in the comic.” He continues, “Symmetra is autistic. She is one of our beloved heroes and we think she does a great job of representing just how awesome someone with autism can be.

Since the letter has hit the internet, people have questioned it’s authenticity – but Blizzard confirmed to Polygon that the letter is completely accurate.

The comic mentioned, “A Better World“, shows Symmetra asking “where I fit on the spectrum.” Fans of Overwatch who were also on the autistic spectrum have responded to the comfirmation saying that they appreciate what Blizzard have done and liked that there was a character they can relate to.

Overwatch doesn’t feature a full story mode, but that doesn’t mean the characters have no background. It is full of lore, and you find out more about it all in the comics. So what are you waiting for? Go and catch up on everything!

3 thoughts on “Blizzard Confirm Theory About Symmetra and Autism

  1. I first heard of this story a while ago and I have so much respect for Blizzard creating these realistic characters that haven’t been represented in the games industry yet. Like you say, Overwatch’s lore is so rich it’s amazing that they have managed to accomplish levels of characterization many story games struggle with – nice post!

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