Blizzard Pays Respect to Overwatch Fan Who Passed Away Prior to Launch

on July 2, 2016 4:06 PM

Blizzard Entertainment has made a change to the Lijiang Tower map in Overwatch as part of the Competitive Play update. Now a spacesuit display features a message above it in Chinese, which translated by reddit user Rebirdhk reads:

On the Control Center map of Lijiang Tower, the name “宏宇” (Hongyu) is added to one of the space suit on the red side. The phrase “英雄不朽” (Heroes never die) is also added to the background behind it.

This is to honor the death of a young Chinese Overwatch player, Hongyu Wu (吴宏宇), who unfortunately sacrificed his life when he bravely chased after a motorbike thief on the 23rd of May, 2016.

The criminal was arrested eventually, but we lost a brave young soul forever. May he rest in peace.

Blizzard confirmed the intent of the inclusion to Polygon,

We added that in remembrance of a brave member of our community.

 /  Staff Writer
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