Yesterday, Blizzard’s Overwatch staff introduced that the character McCree, named after former developer Jesse McCree, will be renamed. In the present day, the World of Warcraft staff adopted on with its personal promise of modifications that will “better reflect our shared values,” however in contrast to Overwatch, the announcement could be very brief on specifics.
Total it is an fascinating distinction to yesterday’s Overwatch message, which was very particularly targeted on McCree’s title change and the explanations that builders felt it was obligatory. The World of Warcraft announcement, then again,talks primarily about gameplay updates in Shadowlands and WoW Traditional.
“Shadowlands Update 9.1.5 will be going on the PTR next week, and a lot of what you’ll find in it is the direct result of your collective feedback,” Blizzard wrote. “It includes long-asked-for changes to make it easier to swap covenants and conduits, updates to make it so you don’t need to repeat covenant campaigns on alts, new character customization options for some races that were lacking, and many more changes to help you play the way you want.”
“It also has updates to improve the game environment for our community, including additional changes to some content to better reflect our shared values, better visibility into the impact of your in-game reports of harassment, and more serious penalties for people engaged in disruptive behavior.”
An update from the #Warcraft dev staff. pic.twitter.com/afjFCPUXoWAugust 27, 2021
These “changes to content” aren’t specified within the announcement or in a more detailed “content update preview” at worldofwarcraft.com, however in an electronic mail a Blizzard spokesperson confirmed with PC Gamer that “the in-game references to Jesse McCree, Luis Barriga, and Jon LeCraft will be removed from World of Warcraft.”
McCree, a former lead degree designer on World of Warcraft, has no fewer than 5 World of Warcraft NPCs and a metropolis named after him, whereas Barriga, previously a lead recreation designer, is the developer behind the Senior Scrivener Barriga NPC. The Crafticus Mindbender and Torturer LeCraft are presumed to be named after LeCraft.
These are separate from the modifications Blizzard promised in July, following player demand that NPCs and gadgets referencing former inventive director Alex Afrasiabi be eliminated. These modifications have already been made.
Afrasiabi was named in California’s DFEH lawsuit in opposition to Activision Blizzard, which amongst different issues dropped at mild his “Cosby Suite” at BlizzCon. He was fired from Blizzard in 2020 for “misconduct in his treatment of other employees.” A number of different highly-placed Blizzard workers, together with McCree, Barriga, LeCraft, and former president J. Allen Brack, have additionally departed the corporate within the wake of the allegations.