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Overwatch hero McCree is getting a new name

Activision Blizzard has been big news for while now for all the wrong reasons. Higher-ups in Activision Blizzard have been named and shamed due to their part in taking place in workplace harassment, with one name, in particular, being pretty familiar to Overwatch fans: Jesse McCree.

For players of Overwatch, Jesse McCree is a cowboy-looking fella who has an iconic drawl of ‘It’s High Noon…’ every time he activates his ultimate. He is also named after a Diablo 4 director lead level designer, who has subsequently departed from the company sometime after it was revealed he was involved in the infamous Cosby suite photo.

A few weeks later and McCree the employee is out of sight and out of mind for the most part, but his legacy in Overwatch still remains. Now the Overwatch team has decided to act, uploading a statement to Twitter to explain the future of not just the McCree name, but future content too.

“We built the Overwatch universe around the idea that inclusivity, equity and hope are the building blocks of a better future. They are central to the game and to the Overwatch team.”

“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 rest of the statement acknowledges that changing McCree’s name is going to take more care than just swapping it out for something else. Because of this, the team have decided to delay the story arc they had planned for McCree in September to later on in the year. Instead, they’ll launch an FFA map.

While this isn’t the rapid change that folks probably want, the fact the character’s name is being changed does show that the Overwatch team aren’t remaining silent and are making changes that’ll benefit both them and players.

In more recent news, it has been alleged that Activision Blizzard’s HR has been shredding documents, some of which that have been requested by the DFEH.

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