Overwatch 2 Repeats the Decision to Remove an Inappropriate Game Mode
It is important to note that this article contains references to sexual assault, as well as conversations about the current problems concerning sexual assault and harassment in Activision-Blizzard.
In 2022, Overwatch 2 took out a highly unsuitable game mode, and they have once again eradicated it. This mode referred to a sexual assault and a situation that involved a previous Activision-Blizzard staff member.
The “sexual harassment simulator” was the name given to a mode that had players take control of Cassidy (formerly McCree) to knock down female characters and assault them. This type of mode was found in October and promptly removed. This content is profoundly offensive, not only to those who have experienced harassment at Activision-Blizzard, but to victims everywhere.
The inappropriateness of this mode is further enhanced because it has to do with Jesse McCree. Even if the character wasn’t tied to him, the mode would still be unacceptable; but with the link to McCree, it is especially disturbing. The original naming of Cassidy was an homage to McCree, who was the lead designer for Diablo IV before he was dismissed from his position.
McCree was embroiled in abuse accusations and among those in the photo taken in the infamous “Cosby Suite”. Despite the name change, it appears to be a deliberate attempt to recall his former identity. If this is supposed to be a criticism of Blizzard’s handling of the situation, it is an incredibly insensitive act that disregards the pain of the victims.
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