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Blizzard has revealed the brand new identify for the Overwatch character previously referred to as Jesse McCree: Cole Cassidy. The official renaming will take impact in-game on October 26.
Meet Cole Cassidy.
Rides into Overwatch October 26. pic.twitter.com/CT6PmaNXNs
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) October 22, 2021
Within the official tweet announcement, Blizzard seems to be acknowledging Cassidy’s identify change as a part of the sport’s lore, referring to Cassidy as a personality “operating from his previous” and finally selecting to “be trustworthy together with his workforce and himself” about who he actually is.
Cassidy’s renaming was initially introduced in August. The character was previously named after Blizzard worker Jesse McCree, who exited earlier that month alongside others amid ongoing allegations of harassment and abuse on the firm.
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“Going ahead, in-game characters will not be named after actual staff and we will likely be extra considerate and discerning about including real-world references in future Overwatch content material.”
Blizzard has since eliminated a number of different inappropriate references from World of Warcraft and renamed different characters who have been named after similarly-departed builders.
These strikes kicked off in response to a lawsuit filed in early August by the state of California, accusing Activision Blizzard of fostering a “frat boy” tradition together with sexual harassment, a poisonous work surroundings, and unequal pay between women and men.
Rebekah Valentine is a information reporter for IGN. You’ll find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.