Blizzard Replacing Character Pose in Overwatch Due to Criticism; Wants “Everyone to Feel Strong” in Community
With just about two months to go until its release, many have been eagerly awaiting Blizzard’s upcoming shooter Overwatch on PC and consoles, though fan feedback and criticism on a character pose in the game has provided one alteration that will be removed from the game before release, according to Blizzard.
In a post on the game’s Beta Feedback forum (started by Battle.net user “Fipps”), some players of the Overwatch beta provided some feedback and critiques of one of the game’s most popular (and iconic) characters, Tracer, with the critiques being that one of her in-game victory poses (which you can see at the bottom of the post) is of an overly suggestive nature, and in particular going against her portrayal in other promotions for the game and feeling “out of character.”
Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan provided a response in the forum that the particular pose for Tracer will be replaced due to the feedback, with Kaplan in particular adding that “we want everyone to feel strong and heroic in our community,” and added that “the last thing we want to do is make someone feel uncomfortable, under-appreciated or misrepresented,” with Kaplan adding that the studio offers its apologies and “we’ll continue to try to do better.”
Kaplan also detailed in a subsequent post that the team originally “weren’t entirely happy with the original pose,” and added “that the pose had been called into question from an appropriateness standpoint by players in our community did help influence our decision.”
Kaplan continued in the statement:
“We wouldn’t do anything to sacrifice our creative vision for Overwatch, and we’re not going to remove something solely because someone may take issue with it. Our goal isn’t to water down or homogenize the world, or the diverse cast of heroes we’ve built within it. We have poured so much of our heart and souls into this game that it would be a travesty for us to do so.”
“We understand that not everyone will agree with our decision, and that’s okay. That’s what these kinds of public tests are for. This wasn’t pandering or caving, though. This was the right call from our perspective, and we think the game will be just as fun the next time you play it.”
Overwatch releases for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on May 24th, 2016.