McCree from Overwatch has undergone a name change and now goes by Cole Cassidy. Developers for the popular shooter game made the announcement earlier this week. This comes as an attempt for the company to distance itself from the disgraced developer, Jesse McCree. McCree is just one of the men tied to the infamous “Cosby Suite” meetups.
“The first thing a renegade loses is their name, and this one gave up his long ago,” according to the official Overwatch tweet. “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 where 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. The cowboy he was rode into the sunset, and Cole Cassidy faced the world at dawn.”
McCree left Blizzard back in August after a lawsuit filed by the State of California claimed that corporate leadership fostered an environment of sexual harassment and abuse. And now Overwatch’s new narrative arc is facing a delay due to McCree’s large part in overseeing the project. As of October 26th, 2021 McCree’s name change to Cole Cassidy is official.
Some Good News
Despite all the negativity surrounding Blizzard and Overwatch right now, there is one ray of light. Until November 5th you can now change your battletag for free via a customer support ticket without paying the normal $10.
“As we introduce a new name, you might have the desire to do the same,” was the message posted to Overwatch’s website. Of course, referring to the exit of the developer whom the gun-slinging character was named after.
This may be a small but welcome PR move as the company tries to conduct damage control surrounding their brand.
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