from the Overwatch team
announces plans to rename the McCree character in
. This is not entirely unexpected, as the character is the namesake
of Blizzard designer Jesse McCree, and there have been
calls for a change
McCree featured prominently in allegations of the super creepy "Cosby Suite"
that came out of the
. This is causing a delay to the release of a new story arc
for the character until this can all be properly sorted. Here's the
We've 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.
We realize 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. In the near term, we had planned to kick off a narrative
arc in September supported with new story and game content, of which McCree was
a key part. Since we want to integrate this change into that story arc, we will
be delaying the new ark until later this year and instead launch a new FFA map
this September. 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. Work on these updates is underway,
and they are just a part of our ongoing commitment to honest reflection and
making whatever changes are necessary to build a future worth fighting for. 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.
- The Overwatch Team