Blizzard says it plans to change the name of Overwatch’s gunslinger character following the explosive sexual harassment lawsuit brought against Activision Blizzard by the state of California. The character was originally named “McCree” after Jesse McCree, a former longtime Blizzard staffer who appears to be pictured in the so-called “Cosby Suite” reported on by Kotaku.
Blizzard hasn’t shared a new name yet. The studio will also delay an in-game narrative arc featuring McCree due to the change. The company also committed to no longer naming in-game characters after real employees.
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The planned change follows promised updates to World of Warcraft to remove “references that are not appropriate for our world,” which may have referred to references of former World of Warcraft senior creative director Alex Afrasiabi in the game. Afrasiabi was singled out in the lawsuit for his problematic actions while at Blizzard. He was fired from Blizzard and appears to have worked for the company until June 2020.