The Overwatch team has revealed it is planning on changing McCree’s name in an upcoming update “to better represent what Overwatch stands for” following the sexual harassment lawsuit brought against Activision Blizzard by the state of California.
The hero was originally named McCree after Jesse McCree, a long-term Blizzard designer, who was recently released from the company after a Kotaku report revealed he had been identified in pictures of the now infamous “Cosby Suite”.
“We built the Overwatch universe around the idea that inclusivity, equity, and hope are the building blocks of a better future,” Overwatch’s statement says. “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.”
A timescale has not been put on this change, but the team say it “will take time to roll out correctly” and that the community will be kept abreast of any developments. It has also meant that a new narrative arc, containing new lore and content, has been delayed to later this year to encompass these changes. To compensate for this delay, a new free-for-all map called Malevento will be added to the game on September 28.
A message from the Overwatch team. pic.twitter.com/2W3AV7Pv6X
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) August 26, 2021
In addition to this change, the Overwatch team has taken the decision not to name any future characters after staff members. “This will help reinforce that we’re building a fictional universe that is unmistakably different from the real world,” the statement concludes.