In an attempt to appeal to a wider audience, Blizzard is changing some of its characters’ names. The most obvious candidates are Overwatch’s canonically straight character McCree and the demon hunter Doomfist, whose model was first seen at last year’s Blizzcon. The others? Well, they’re a little more obscure – the hero-turned-vampire Tracer also got a new title, and has been named Ashe, while the troll-turned-archmage Leoric got a new code name, Yorick.
Overwatch is generally a pretty decently-written game, but one character in particular has given the Overwatch community reason to be irate over the past few weeks. His name is McCree, and he’s a great hero, but Blizzard is making him a little less so.
Blizzard has recently announced that it’s renaming two Overwatch characters in the upcoming PTR (Public Test Realm) beta patch. McCree, the “lone wolf” gunslinger, will be renamed to Jesse McCree in the game. His new in-game model looks the same, but the game will change his in-game name to Jesse making it look like he’s replaced by his younger brother, Joey McCree.
We previously reported on Blizzard’s declaration that the character McCree in Overwatch would be renamed after Jesse McCree, one of the devs fired after the outrage caused by the Activision-Blizzard sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit and scandal. As we previously said, the shift would need a new storyline and has led Blizzard to state that it will no longer name characters after actual individuals.
But McCree isn’t the only character receiving a rename, and the Overwatch animated series wasn’t the only one with his name. Blizzard is also deleting allusions to McCree in World of Warcraft, as well as tributes to Luis Barriga and Jonathan LeCraft, who all left the business last month, presumably for their roles in the controversy, according to The Washington Post (yeah, really). Shortly after the lawsuit was made public, all references to Alex Afrasiabi, who was named in it, were removed. The information comes from anonymous individuals inside the business, so don’t be shocked if the official announcement comes shortly – Friday afternoon is a strong bet.
If you’re not a die-hard World of Warcraft fan, you may not even know that any of these characters were based on actual individuals, much alone these particular creators. Icy Veins has a great lineup:
“Aside from the obvious Mac’Aree city/ruins on Argus, the characters mentioned for Jesse McCree would be Jesseriah McCree, Jessup McCree, Marshal McCree, Jenny McCree, and Jessera of Mac’Aree, while Crafticus Mindbender, Torturer LeCraft, and Jonathan Le Karf for Jonathan LeCraft, and at least Senior Scrivener Barriga for Luis Barriga.”
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is McCree getting a name change?
No, McCree will not be getting a name change.
What is McCrees new name?
McCrees new name is The One True God.
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