Yesterday, the Blizzard & # 39; s Overwatch team announced that the McCree character, named after former developer Jesse McCree, will be renamed. Today, the World of Warcraft team continued with its own promise of changes that will "better reflect our shared values," but unlike Overwatch, the announcement is very brief in terms of specific.
Overall, it’s an interesting contrast to yesterday’s Overwatch post, which focused specifically on McCree’s name change and the reasons why developers felt it was necessary. The World of Warcraft ad, on the other hand, mainly talks about game updates to Shadowlands and WoW Classic.
“Shadowlands Update 9.1.5 will take place on PTR next week, and much of what you’ll find there is the direct result of your collective comments,” Blizzard wrote. "Includes long-requested changes to make it easier to exchange pacts and behaviors, updates to make sure you don't have to repeat high pact campaigns, new character customization options for some missing races and many more changes to help you play the way you want. "
"It also includes updates to improve the gaming environment for our community, including additional changes to some content to better reflect our shared values, better visibility into the impact of your harassment reports. to gambling and more severe sanctions for people involved in behavior. "
An update from the #Warcraft developer team. pic.twitter.com/afjFCPUXoWAugust 27, 2021
These "content changes" are not specified in the ad or in a more detailed "content update preview" in worldofwarcraft.com, but in an email a Blizzard spokesman confirmed with PC Gamer that "references to the game to Jesse McCree, Luis Barriga and Jon LeCraft will be removed from World of Warcraft."
McCree, a former World of Warcraft top level designer, has no less than five World of Warcraft NPCs and a city that bears his name, while Belly, formerly chief game designer, is the developer of the NPC Senior Scrivener Belly. The Crafticus Mindbender and the torturer LeCraft are supposed to bear his name LeCraft.
These are independent of the changes Blizzard promised in July, after players demanded that NPCs and items referring to former creative director Alex Afrasiabi be removed. These changes have already been made.
Afrasiabi was named in California's DFEH lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, which among other things brought to light his "Cosby Suite" at BlizzCon. He was fired from Blizzard in 2020 for "misconduct in dealing with other employees." Several other well-placed Blizzard employees, including McCree, Barriga, LeCraft and former President J. Allen Brack, have also left the company following allegations.