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Anja "Osa" Janković, Rainbow Six Siege's first transgender Operator, has officially joined Ubisoft's tactical shooter.
First announced by the publisher last week, Osa is a medium-speed, medium-armour Croatian Attacker who wields a disgustingly cool crystal shield that can soak up incoming bullets. Her gender identity wasn't mentioned in any of the initial previews or trailers, however. It wasn't until GameSpot spotted a line in the character's biography that referenced a "transition", at which point the publication reached out to Ubisoft for comment.
But before we get to that, take a look at Osa in action below!
"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 said in response. "The consultants, all of whom are trans people, wanted to make sure that Osa was presented as authentically and organically as possible."
Ubisoft added that Osa's identity in the game is "certainly influenced by her gender," but stressed that "who she is in the Siege universe is centered on her talents, her influence on Nighthaven, and her close friendship to Kali".
Osa's in-game biography mentions that she's an an engineering prodigy who is well-versed in electromechanics, military engineering and robotics. Sadly, it also seems she found herself isolated as a result of other's attitudes towards her transition.
"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," the biography explains. "She found herself isolated due to her unorthodox approach and others' attitudes toward her transition, so she focused on her work."
Osa is available as part of Rainbow Six Siege's latest batch of Year 6 Season 3 content, which should be live on the game's test server later today.
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