Jesse McCree, Overwatch’s cowboy hero, has been renamed Cole Cassidy.
The identify change is a part of numerous updates Blizzard is making to its video games to take away references to problematic individuals or themes which have come to gentle within the wake of several discrimination and harassment suits filed towards the corporate. Final month, World of Warcraft removed NPCs that referenced former senior artistic director Alex Afrasiabi, who was named within the harassment swimsuit as collaborating 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 had been publicized, casters refused to say the character’s identify throughout Overwatch League matches. The Overwatch crew later acknowledged they had been within the means of changing McCree’s name.
In a tweet, the Overwatch crew framed the identify change as Cassidy coming to phrases together with his checkered previous and giving up his outlaw identify, offering a intelligent in-game rationalization for a change that was due to real-world forces.
“To make this new Overwatch higher — to make issues proper — he needs to be sincere together with his crew and himself,” the announcement tweet says.
The identify change goes reside October twenty sixth.