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Earlier this month, Diablo 4 lead level designer Jesse McCree was dismissed from Blizzard when his involvement in the now infamous “Cosby Suite” group talks came to light after the business was taken legal action against over claims of prevalent unwanted sexual advances and discrimination. For that factor, some Overwatch casters stopped utilizing the name of the Overwatch character McCree, who was named after the previous Blizzard worker, while a large section of the player base required that the name be changed.Today, Blizzard announced that it will rename McCree. “We developed the Overwatch universe around the concept that equity, hope, and inclusivity are the structure blocks of a much better future,” Blizzard said in a statement. “They are main to the game and to the Overwatch team.”As we continue to talk about how we best live up to our values and to demonstrate our commitment to creating a video game world that reflects them, we believe its needed to change the name of the hero presently referred to as McCree to something that much better represents what Overwatch stands for.”Its a huge change– Overwatch lore runs deep– and because of that, Blizzard is delaying a narrative arc that was prepared for September, “of which McCree was an essential part,” till later in the year. It also assured that in-game characters will no longer be called after real individuals, and to “be more discerning and thoughtful about adding real world references in future Overwatch material.”A message from the Overwatch group. pic.twitter.com/2W3AV7Pv6XAugust 26, 2021See moreActivision Blizzard is currently involved in a claim filed by Californias Department of Fair Employment and Housing over allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination, and a “frat boy” culture at the studio. Earlier this week, the DFEH implicated Activision Blizzard of stalling and disrupting its investigation of the company, including by shredding appropriate documents.Its worth noting that changing the name of an Overwatch hero is probably a much bigger job than editing a text field. McCree has actually been among the most present and identifiable heroes in the game because its 2016 release.Changing his name could also suggest changing in-game sprays, hero skins, maps, and even re-recording voice lines that mention his name. And not just lines from Matt Mercers McCree efficiency, but also the countless lines of random small talk between McCree and other heroes. Heck, one of McCrees most common voice barks actually goes, “The names McCree.”According to a report from The Washington Post, referrals to the genuine Jesse McCree, along with former Diablo 4 director Luis Barriga and former WoW designer Jonathan LeCraft, will likewise be scrubbed from World of Warcraft. Blizzard validated the prepared elimination of recommendations to Barriga and LeCraft to the Post, but not those to McCree.The latest round of edits comes almost a month after World of Warcraft designers stated they will remove content that is “not proper” from the game, consisting of references to previous senior innovative director Alex Afrasiabi, among the main figures in the DFEH claim.

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