Blizzard has announced the new name for the hero formerly known as McCree in Overwatch as Cole Cassidy.
The new name was revealed on the game’s official Twitter account. The former Jesse McCree will get his new moniker in an update that will land in the hero shooter tomorrow. Blizzard announced they would be changing his name back in August in the wake of the company’s ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit against the State of California.
“The first thing a renegade loses is their name, and this one gave up his long ago,” reads the blurb announcing the change. “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 when 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.”
In addition, Blizzard has announced that it offer all its players a free BattleTag name change. From now until November 5, players can request a name change through the official Overwatch website. It applies to anyone who doesn’t currently have a free one available, but will not stack for future use.
Blizzard pledged they would remove references in game to real-world people and events following the lawsuit. It also cancelled a planned new narrative arc update for McCree/Cole Cassidy and instead released a new map back in September. Meanwhile, work continues on the upcoming Overwatch 2, but without its original executive producer.
Meet Cole Cassidy.
Rides into Overwatch October 26. pic.twitter.com/CT6PmaNXNs
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