Overwatch’s cowboy gets a new name.
This is Blizzard’s latest attempt to save the image. The studio is handling a lawsuit from the state of California in July over employees̵
Cowboy McCree is a gun-for-rent loner in Overwatch history. In the game, an interaction jokingly raises doubts about whether McCree’s first name is Joel, but it was officially Jesse.
The change is not insignificant, which causes a delay in new history content that was previously planned for September. In its statement, Blizzard set a vague date later this year for that expansion. Meanwhile, Overwatch players will receive a new FFA card next month instead. Furthermore, no sign will take the name of employees forward. Blizzard’s Twitter post reads: “… we are building a fictional universe that is unmistakably different from the real world” and is “a continuous commitment to honest reflection.”
There is no word on potential new names for McCree, but Blizzard’s post says it will keep the community updated when these changes are in place.