Osa will be Rainbow Six Siege‘s first transgender operator when she joins the roster tomorrow.
First announced last week, she’s a two-health, two-speed, two-difficulty character that uses a Talon-8 Clear Shield to block incoming bullets. Her gender identity was not revealed during the announcement, nor was it discussed during previews for the upcoming Year 6 Season 3 content. However, GameSpot noticed a line in Osa’s biography that mentions a “transition” and the publication reached out to Ubisoft 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,” Ubisoft’s statement reads. “The consultants, all of whom are trans people, wanted to make sure that Osa was presented as authentically and organically as possible.”
That included hiring a queer person to write the character and a trans woman to voice her. According to the statement, Osa’s identity in the game is “certainly influenced by her gender,” but “who she is in the Siege universe is centered on her talents, her influence on Nighthaven, and her close friendship to Kali.”
GameSpot reports that the game makes no mention of Osa’s gender identity other than a line that mentions her transition in her biography.
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“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,” Osa’s biography in the game reads. “She found herself isolated due to her unorthodox approach and others’ attitudes toward her transition, so she focused on her work.”
Osa will join the large roster of Rainbow Six Siege’s operators tomorrow when the Year 6 Season 3 content goes live on the game’s test server.
For more about Osa, check out her debut in the Crystal Guard reveal trailer and then watch this two-minute Osa gameplay trailer. Check out this trailer for the game’s new time-limited PvP Containment event after that.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.