Overwatch character McCree is getting a new name. The change comes after the character’s namesake, a developer at Blizzard, was let go from the company following a lawsuit by the state of California accusing Activision Blizzard of sexual discrimination and harassment.
“We built the Overwatch universe around the idea that inclusivity, equity, and hope are the building blocks of a better future,” the Overwatch team said in the tweet. “As we continue to discuss how we best live up to our values and to demonstrate our commitment to creating a game world that reflects them, we believe it’s necessary to change the name of the hero currently known as McCree to something that better represents what Overwatch stands for.”
The development team also said the next narrative arc planned for September will be delayed to later this year. McCree was supposed to play a part in that arc.
Jesse McCree, a longtime designer with Blizzard who was working on Diablo 4, was one of the Blizzard developers who was part of the “BlizzCon Cosby Crew” that hosted parties in a room called the “Bill Cosby Suite,” according to pictures received by Kotaku. News of his departure from the company came weeks after those pictures surfaced.