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    Blizzard will rename Overwatch cowboy named after fired designer / ArsTechnica · Friday, 27 August, 2021 - 11:15

Video game image of a grizzled Old West gunfighter.

Enlarge / The cowboy formerly known as McCree is currently the "Man with No Name." (credit: Blizzard )

Overwatch's cowboy is getting a new name.

This is Blizzard's latest attempt to salvage its image. The studio is dealing with a lawsuit filed by the State of California in July over employee claims of sexual discrimination and harassment, and its recent public defense was ill-received . The cowboy's namesake was Diablo 4 's former lead designer Jesse McCree, who was fired after images showed him inside " the Cosby suite ," where female employees reported they were harassed. The announcement comes a day after the Golden State accused the company of shredding HR documents in an amended complaint.

The cowboy McCree is a gun-for-hire loner in Overwatch lore. In-game, one interaction jokingly casts doubt about McCree's first name being Joel , but it was officially Jesse.

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    Diablo II Resurrected tops BlizzCon announcement flurry / ArsTechnica · Friday, 19 February, 2021 - 22:59 · 1 minute

Long rumored, finally confirmed.

Enlarge / Long rumored, finally confirmed. (credit: Blizzard)

Blizzard's latest BlizzCon event sees the longtime PC game maker at perhaps its most beleaguered yet. Game delays , notable departures , botched remakes , smartphone-gaming backlash , and an anti-protester reputation have weighed down what was once a sterling RTS/RPG reputation. That led us to wonder: Can today's streaming-only BlizzCon showcase of games and plans show that the company's recent hires and behind-the-scenes reshuffling are paying off?

In at least one respect, the outlook is optimistic, thanks to an impressive reveal of Diablo II: Resurrected . This long-rumored remake includes everything from both the base 2000 game and its 2001 expansion, Lord of Destruction . At first glimpse, this top-to-bottom remake seems to get everything right that WarCraft III: Reforged got so very, very wrong—and we won't have to wait very long to come up with our own impressions. Sign-ups for D2:R 's technical alpha are now live ahead of the game's launch on PC and consoles "in 2021."

The right balance between preservation and polish?

We've grown increasingly skeptical of Blizzard's sales pitches in recent years, but everything about D2:R strikes us as the right kind of " Blizzard Classic " approach, including the following sales pitches:

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