Some major details about Mcree’s name change have been revealed by Blizzard, which explains how updating the Overwatch hero’s name is a serious task.
In August, Overwatch announced that Jesse McCree’s name would be changed after a developer who shares a name with the beloved cowboy was fired amid ongoing controversy against the company.
Unfortunately, the renaming of McCree has meant that a future history arc has been delayed so that they can incorporate this name change. As such, fans will have to wait even longer to see some new content in the game.
The decision was met with mixed opinion from fans and streamers. While some applauded the decision, others did not see the name as a big deal with Twitch star Asmongold who called the move “cringe.”
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Blizzard reveals details about McCree’s name change
Blizzard has now outlined several details about the impending change, including what will happen to existing content called “McCree.”
Asked what the fate of comics and YouTube videos will be, social worker AndyB replied: “Previous content remains unchanged. This affects the content going forward, both in the game and outside (as soon as we can implement it in the game). ”
However, for things in the game that will change, there are many obstacles to get through.
“Voice lines, UI / UX elements need updating, art resources, localization, review with regional teams for cultural validation, legal … it’s a very long list. It is a comprehensive effort, but one that the team agrees on is the right thing to do, ”he explained.
So far, the team has no plans to reveal how the change will happen and what it will mean for the franchise.
“We are not quite ready to reveal the details of how the change will be reflected in the game,” Andy noted. “What I can say is that changing the name of a much-loved hero is going to be a significant undertaking, and we are approaching with care.”
Finally, Blizzard has no plans to ban anyone from using the McCree name or deleting community content.
“We understand that it’s going to take time to get used to Cowboy’s new identity,” Andy added before giving one last glimpse behind the scenes. “Heck we’ve been working on adjusting our language internally to reflect the change (referring to him as Cowboy).”
Funny enough, some Overwatch League pitchers had already started referring to McCree as a “cowboy” before the name change was officially announced.
Either way, expect to see more about the name change and how it will happen sometime in 2021.