Overwatch’s McCree will get a new name later this yr following a lawsuit from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing that accuses Blizzard of widespread sexual harassment and discrimination. Lead degree designer Jesse McCree, whom the character was named after, was recognized in Facebook images of the so-called ‘Cosby Suite’ obtained by Kotaku and has since been let go, in accordance with a assertion from Blizzard supplied to Kotaku. Now the studio says it should add a new story arc to the multiplayer game in an replace this fall that explains the change to the gunslinger’s name.

“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,” the studio says in a assertion on Twitter. “We realise that any change to such a well-loved and central hero in the game’s fiction will take time to roll out correctly, and we’ll share updates as this work progresses.”

The determination to alter McCree’s name has prompted an adjustment to the near-term roadmap for Overwatch, the assertion explains. A new narrative arc, together with supporting in-game content material and story, had been deliberate for launch subsequent month. That’s been pushed again with a purpose to give the workforce time to construct within the name change for McCree.

In its place, Overwatch gamers are getting a new free-for-all map, Malevento, which arrives on the PTR as we speak for PC. It’s a Talon base set in Italy, and can go reside formally September 28.

Activision Blizzard is dealing with a lawsuit filed in July by the state of California (since expanded for QA and customer support contractors) alleging years of discrimination and harassment. Since then, CEO Bobby Kotick has called the corporate’s preliminary response “tone deaf”, employees have staged a walkout, Blizzard president J Allen Brack has left, and the ABK Workers Alliance has demanded change on the firm. The lawsuit is ongoing; comply with the most recent developments here.

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