Overwatch: Blizzard will rename Jesse McCree in-game

Overwatch: Blizzard will rename Jesse McCree in-game


The Overwatch development team announced on Twitter that they will be renaming Jesse McCree in the team shooter. The hero's name was based on an employee at Blizzard Entertainment who was fired in the wake of the California State's sexism lawsuit. However, there were no further details about his termination. The team commented on the decision to change the McCree name in a detailed statement.

Recommended editorial content Here you will find external content from [PLATTFORM]. To protect your personal data, external integrations are only displayed if you confirm this by clicking on "Load all external content": Load all external content I agree that external content can be displayed to me. This means that personal data is transmitted to third-party platforms. Read more about our privacy policy . External content More on this in our data protection declaration. Originally, Blizzard wanted to host a story event in Overwatch in September, in which McCree would have played a major role. This story will now be postponed until the end of the year - the makers want to accommodate the name change there. Instead of the event, Overwatch players can look forward to a new FFA card in September. Blizzard also announced that it will no longer be able to name in-game characters after company employees in the future.


Blizzard removes references: McCree and other name changes loadVideoPlayer ('84300', '& sAdSetCsategory = article_featured', 12, '16: 9 ', false, 1378544, false, 259737, 260, false, 0,' ' , '', false); Overwatch from € 13.99 The real Jesse McCree was part of the Blizzard Entertainment team for many years and was involved in expansions for World of Warcraft, Diablo 3 or Diablo 4, for example. His dismissal was announced in August, less than two weeks after reports of his participation in the "Cosby Suite" surfaced at BlizzCon. The Overwatch team is currently developing Part 2. In the past, there was always information about the successor. The makers have not yet spoken about a release.

via Eurogamer

Overwatch to change cowboy character McCree's name

Jesse McCree, a cowboy wearing a hat and duster, smoking a cigar

image sourceActivision Blizzardimage captionThe in-game McCree has been a core part of Overwatch since its launch

Jesse McCree, a character in Blizzard's Overwatch game, will be renamed in the wake of fallout over sexual harassment allegations against the company.

The in-game McCree, a revolver-toting cowboy character, was named after a real-life Blizzard staff member.

In August, he and two other executives left the company without explanation.

In a statement, the Overwatch team said it was 'necessary to change the name... to something that better represents what Overwatch stands for'.

'Going forward, in-game characters will no longer be named after real employees,' it promised.

But the Overwatch developers did not reveal what the character's new name would be.

A fan favourite

Overwatch is one of the best-known examples of the hero shooter genre, with a cast of characters each with a unique identity and set of abilities.

McCree remains a fan favourite as one of the game's launch characters, and is deeply tied to its back story.

On top of being a playable character, he appears in connected comic books, a high-budget six-minute short animated film, and as merchandise, including an action figure.

However, the real-life Mr McCree after whom the character is named, was allegedly aware of the infamous 'Cosby suite' detailed in the sexual harassment lawsuit filed in the state of California in July. Mr McCree is not personally cited in the lawsuit.

The suite was named after actor Bill Cosby, who was convicted of sexual assault, then had his conviction overturned, years after those photos were taken.

Gaming news site Kotaku obtained photos it said showed the inside of the suite, which it reported appears to show a group of executives, including Mr McCree, posing with a photograph of Mr Cosby.

Shortly afterwards, Mr McCree and two other senior staff left Blizzard, though the company did not give any reason for their sudden departure. Mr McCree has not issued any comment on the matter.

Real-world reference

There had already been some criticism from the Overwatch community about the continued use of the name McCree for the in-game character.

Announcing the decision to change the name, the Overwatch team did not reference Mr McCree or the harassment allegations against the company. Instead, in a Twitter post, the firm wrote that the change was about 'how we best live up to our values' including 'inclusivity, equity and hope'.

'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,' it said.

As a result, it was delaying a 'narrative arc' planned to begin in September, of which McCree was a central part, it said.

'We will be more thoughtful and discerning about adding real-world references in future,' it said.

Earlier this week, the state of California expanded its legal action against Activision Blizzard, apparently redefining its terms to cover temporary or contract workers as well as employees.

But it also accused Activision Blizzard of interfering with its investigation, alleging, among other things, that human resources personnel shredded documents related to the probe.

Activision Blizzard firmly denied those claims.

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