Friday, August 27, 2021
The Overwatch development team at Activision Blizzard has confirmed that it intends to rename gun-toting cowboy McCree, due to the character being named after a member of staff involved in the investigations into sexual harassment at the company.
“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,” reads a tweeted statement from the studio.
“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,” it continues.
New story content in which McCree was a “key part” was also due to roll out in September, but will now be delayed until later this year. Instead, a new FFA map will be released in its place. “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 developer explained.
“Going forward, in-game characters will no longer be named after real employees and we will be more thoughtful and discerning about adding real world references in future Overwatch content. This will help reinforce that we’re building a fictional universe that is unmistakably different from the real world and better illustrates that the creation of Overwatch is truly a team effort.”
The statement closes by assuring that work on the updates to McCree are underway, and form part of an “ongoing commitment to honest reflection and making whatever changes are necessary to build a future worth fighting for.” The statement concludes: "We know that actions speak louder than words, and we hope to show you our commitment to making Overwatch a better experience in-game and continue to make our team the best it can be."
A message from the Overwatch team. pic.twitter.com/2W3AV7Pv6X— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) August 26, 2021
A message from the Overwatch team. pic.twitter.com/2W3AV7Pv6X
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