McCree, the Overwatch character, has a new name

McCree, the Overwatch character, has a new name

The devs confirmed on the official Overwatch Twitter account that McCree’s name will be changed to “something that better embodies what Overwatch stands for.” In addition, the creators have said that in-game characters would no longer be named after real-life staff.

Blizzard and the Overwatch developers have revealed that the hero formerly known as McCree will be renamed. Jesse McCree, a former Blizzard employee who was the primary designer on Diablo 4 but is no longer with the business, inspired the hero’s name.

Highlights

  • Jesse McCree was a well-known senior developer, but in the ensuing investigations since the Activision Blizzard lawsuit, revealed that McCree was part of the “Cosby Crew” a group of developers who would host alcohol-fueled parties in the so-called “Cosby Suite.”

  • McCree’s name was taken directly from Blizzard developer Jesse McCree. However, McCree was one of three senior Blizzard employees no longer working at the company following California’s lawsuit against Blizzard for widespread gender discrimination. When reached for comment, Activision Blizzard declined to specify whether McCree left the company or was fired.

Overwatch says there was a planned in-game story event scheduled for September that prominently featured McCree. But to integrate the character’s name change into the story arc, the event has been delayed, and instead a new FFA map will be available this September.

The decision to change the character McCree’s name is not the first instance of this happening in a Blizzard game following the lawsuit. A World of Warcraft NPC named after Blizzard developer Alex Afrasiabi also received a name change after it was revealed that Afrasiabi was also part of the Cosby Suite crew, and was specifically named in California’s lawsuit for sexual harassment. Blizzard fired Afrasiabi in 2020 following an internal review of his actions.

The decision to no longer name characters after real-life developers 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,” the developers say.

You can read IGN’s own extensive investigation into the working conditions at Blizzard, particularly for women and women of color whom the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing say were systematically denied equal pay and opportunity while facing sexual harassment from their peers and management.