Overwatch’s cowboy hero is now named Cole Cassidy
Jesse McCree, Overwatch’s cowboy hero, has been renamed Cole Cassidy.
The identify change is a part of a lot of 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 a number of discrimination and harassment fits filed in opposition to the corporate. Final month, World of Warcraft eliminated 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 have been publicized, casters refused to say the character’s identify throughout Overwatch League matches. The Overwatch workforce later acknowledged they have been within the strategy of altering McCree’s identify.
In a tweet, the Overwatch workforce 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 must be trustworthy together with his workforce and himself,” the announcement tweet says.
The identify change goes stay October twenty sixth.