The Overwatch hero we’ve all known as McCree for years will get his new name next week. The multiplayer game’s cowboy gunslinger will be known as Cole Cassidy beginning October 26, when Blizzard will officially change his moniker and introduce a new backstory for the character.
The hero had originally been named after former Blizzard lead level designer Jesse McCree, who was let go from the company in the wake of a lawsuit filed against the company by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing. That lawsuit has since expanded and been joined by others, and has sent shockwaves through the company. It’s also had the result of making the name McCree a sore point both for Blizzard and for Overwatch fans, and Blizzard announced in August that it planned to update it.
Today, October 22, Blizzard officially unveiled the new name, Cole Cassidy, along with a snipped of introductory text. “The first thing a renegade loses is their name, and this one gave up his long ago,” it reads. “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.”