27 Aug 2021 2:16 AM +00:00

Blizzard To Rename The Overwatch Hero McCree After Developer Departed Blizzard Earlier This Month

As the Activision Blizzard Lawsuit continues, the company has begun making changes to its games in response to developers who have left the company in light of recent events, starting with Alex Afrasiabi and the removal of his references in World of Warcraft.

Jesse McCree was let go from the company earlier this month along with two other developers, and today the team issued a statement detailing the rename of the Overwatch hero that was named after the developer.

The Overwatch team had planned to release a narrative story with in-game content related to the character in the near future, however, has announced it will have to delay the project but will release a new FFA map in September.

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McCree also had references in other games such as World of Warcraft, and many expect those to be removed as well.

Read more: Activision Blizzard Lawsuit Updated After Interference From The Company.

Blizzard To Rename The Overwatch Hero McCree After Developer Departed Blizzard Earlier This Month

The team also stated that going forward they will no longer use real-world references in their games to ensure they are creating a fictional world separate from our own.

"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." The Overwatch team said in their statement.

The full statement can be found over on the Overwatch Twitter account.