Amid the ongoing Activision Blizzard lawsuit that alleges a discriminatory “frat boy” tradition on the writer, Overwatch’s McCree is getting a reputation change. Jesse McCree was named after a former senior Blizzard dev of the identical title. McCree (the dev, not the character) was let go from Blizzard following the current submitting of the California lawsuit towards Activision Blizzard. In the aftermath of the lawsuit changing into public, McCree was discovered to have taken half within the now notorious “Cosby Suite” detailed within the lawsuit. Demands to alter the character McCree’s title in gentle of this data have been ongoing, and Blizzard lastly confirmed that the character’s title will by modified to one thing else by way of an upcoming narrative occasion.
Blizzard confirmed the upcoming title change by way of a tweet.
A message from the Overwatch crew. pic.twitter.com/2W3AV7Pv6X
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) August 26, 2021
“We built the Overwatch universe around the idea that inclusivity, equity, and hope are the building blocks of a better future. The are central to the game and to the Overwatch team,” the assertion says. “As we continue to discuss how we best live up to our values and to demonstrate our commitment to creating a game world that reflects them, we believe it’s necessary to change the name of the hero currently known as McCree to something that better represents what Overwatch stands for.”
They go on to speak in regards to the issue of fixing the title of a personality so closely built-in into the sport’s fiction, and need to “take time to roll [it] out correctly.” This title change will come as a part of a brand new story arc and recreation content material that’s due later this yr.
Additionally, the Overwatch crew guarantees it won’t title any future characters after actual staff sooner or later to stop having them tied to doubtlessly problematic people. It may even look nearer at including any real-world references in future content material to keep away from comparable points.
This isn’t the primary time Blizzard has needed to rename characters and objects named after problematic people. World of Warcraft had numerous in-game characters, objects, quests, and different references to former problematic Blizzard dev Alex Afrasiabi, who quietly left the corporate final yr and was one in every of solely two named folks within the California lawsuit. Blizzard modified these in-game names and references earlier this month.
At this level, it’s unknown what McCree’s new title can be, or how precisely Blizzard plans to combine the change of title into the story. Overwatch quietly suppressed the announcement of a new map the day after the lawsuit got here out again in July, and a few recent reports say that Overwatch 2 development is taking longer than expected.