Jesse McCree, Overwatch’s cowboy hero, has been renamed Cole Cassidy.
The title change is a part of a variety of updates Blizzard is making to its video games to take away references to problematic folks or themes which have come to mild within the wake of several discrimination and harassment suits filed towards the corporate. Final month, World of Warcraft removed NPCs that referenced former senior inventive director Alex Afrasiabi, who was named within the harassment swimsuit as taking part within the notorious “Cosby Suite” incident. Jesse McCree — a former lead designer — was additionally part of that incident and for whom Overwatch’s cowboy character was named.
When these allegations have been publicized, casters refused to say the character’s title throughout Overwatch League matches. The Overwatch crew later said they have been within the strategy of changing McCree’s name.
In a tweet, the Overwatch crew framed the title change as Cassidy coming to phrases together with his checkered previous and giving up his outlaw title, offering a intelligent in-game clarification for a change that was due to real-world forces.
“To make this new Overwatch higher — to make issues proper — he needs to be trustworthy together with his crew and himself,” the announcement tweet says.
The title change goes stay October twenty sixth.