Blizzard first announced that a change was in the works back in August, not long after California’s harassment lawsuit against the company came to light, and the former Blizzard employee Jesse McCree was named as participating in the” Cosby Suite” incident.
“The first thing a renegade loses is their name, and this one gave up his long ago,” Blizzard writes on Twitter. “Running from his past meant running from himself, and each passing year only widened the divide between who he had been and what he had become. But in every cowboy’s life, there comes a time when he has to stop and make a stand.”
“To make this new Overwatch better – to make things right – he had to be honest with his team and himself,” Blizzard continues. “The cowboy he was rode into the sunset, and Cole Cassidy faced the world at dawn.”
As of October 26th, McCree’s name in Overwatch will be changed to Cole Cassidy.
In August, Blizzard said it was necessary to change McCree’s name “to something better that represents what Overwatch stands for,” and that it will be “more thoughtful and discerning about adding real world references in future Overwatch content.”
Last week, Activision Blizzard said that over 20 employees had “exited” the company and another 20 had faced “other types of disciplinary action” following investigations into sexual harassment and discrimination claims.
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