Activision Blizzard has been rocked with a lawsuit filed by the state of California accusing the corporate of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, a poisonous office, and a wide range of different points. The fallout from this lawsuit has had a profound influence on Activision Blizzard and its video games, with Overwatch being no exception. One of the Blizzard builders who allegedly engaged in poisonous office habits, former Diablo 4 lead designer Jesse McCree who has since left the corporate, had been immortalized by having his namesake in Overwatch, with well-liked Damage hero McCree named after him. However, evidently will likely be altering in some unspecified time in the future within the close to future.
Overwatch has lastly addressed the elephant within the room, responding to fan demand to alter McCree’s title. The workforce has launched an announcement saying that it’s essential to alter McCree’s title to “something that better represents what Overwatch stands for.” Blizzard says that it is going to take time to do that title change appropriately, however that it will happen as a part of a deliberate story arc that was initially going to begin in September. This new story arc has since been delayed to December so Blizzard can combine McCree’s title grow to be the narrative.
Instead of kickstarting this new Overwatch story arc, Blizzard will likely be releasing a brand new Free for All map in September. It’s unclear if that is the previously leaked Malevento map, which was reportedly speculated to be added to the sport in August however pushed again on the final minute because of the lawsuit, or if it is a fully totally different map totally.
To keep away from conditions like this in future, Blizzard has additionally stated that it’s going to keep away from naming in-game characters after actual workers. “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,” it stated in its assertion concerning the impending Jesse McCree title change.
It will likely be attention-grabbing to see how Blizzard adjustments McCree’s title in Overwatch in a manner that is smart with the universe. Perhaps it is going to be so simple as McCree taking up a codename, or perhaps it is going to be one thing extra drastic. There’s been some debate about whether or not or not Overwatch ought to kill off heroes, however that could possibly be one other strategy to remedy the issue. The McCree character may chunk the mud and get replaced by somebody with an identical talents, although that might have the unintended consequence of turning McCree right into a martyr.
Overwatch followers will discover out precisely how Blizzard goes to deal with this case later this 12 months.
Overwatch is out now for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.