The Overwatch team announced on Thursday that they will be changing Jesse McCree's name following the firing of his namesake, developer Jesse McCree, in relation to the ongoing gender discrimination lawsuit being leveled at Activision Blizzard by the State of California.
"We built the Overwatch universe around the idea that inclusivity, equity, and hope are the building blocks of a better future," the dev team explained in a statement. "As we continue to discuss how we best live up to our values and 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."
Jesse McCree, the developer, was fired from Blizzard on August 11th, after Kotaku unearthed a photo depicting Jesse McCree and other Blizzard developers posing with a picture of alleged rapist Bill Cosby in the now infamously name Cosby suite at Blizzcon 2013, which the State of California alleges was a place for devs to gather and engage in sexual conversations about women and get drunk at the conference.
"This will help reinforce that we're building a fictional universe that is unmistakable different from the real world and better illustrated that the creation of Overwatch is truly a team effort," the dev team explained. "Work on these updates is underway and they are just a part of our ongoing commitment to honest reflection and making whatever changes are necessary to build a future worth fighting for."
As a result of the change, Overwatch will be delaying the narrative arc they planned to start in September, due to the involvement of McCree. They will also need to figure out what to do about all the past stories, videos, and such that depict McCree. They have also announced they will no longer name fictional characters after real employees, given the disastrous situation they are in.
We will presumably learn the new name of Overwatch's beloved cowboy in the near future.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.