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Without a doubt, the recent lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, which came to light in late July, represented a turning point, as prominent members of the company have since left their posts. Obviously, this situation also had effects on the brand’s games.
Since the harassment and discrimination controversy broke out, Blizzard is currently seeking to remove all references to former company employees and inappropriate material in all of its games on the market and those to come.
So, we already saw how sexual jokes, developer names and suggestive paintings disappeared from World of Warcraft, while McCree, the popular hero of Overwatch, it will have another name in the future.
Now, and during the recent demonstration of the skills that Bastion will have in Overwatch 2It didn’t take long for fans to discover that a subtle reference to Jeff Kaplan, former head of the franchise, was removed.
Jeff Kaplan tribute disappeared from Overwatch 2
In April, shortly before the California Department of Housing and Fair Employment lawsuit against Activision Blizzard came to light, Jeff Kaplan confirmed that he would be leaving his position at Blizzard Entertainment, the company where he worked for 19 years.
In tribute form, on the New York map of Overwatch We could see a pizzeria that was called Jeph’s Corner Pizza, a clear reference to the creative who was behind the franchise for many years.
In the latest development preview of Overwatch 2, in which Blizzard introduced the new skills of Bastion and Sombra, we can see that the food establishment is now called Corner Pizza. On the same map there is also a coffee cup that references Jeff Kaplan, but it did not appear in the video.
It is important to note that the foregoing does not mean that Jeff Kaplan is related to the abuse and discrimination cases that appeared in the lawsuit. Rather, it’s a move that is part of Activision Blizzard’s new philosophy of removing references to real people from all of its games.
But tell us, do you think it was necessary to remove the nod to Jeff Kaplan? Let us read you in the comments.
Overwatch 2 It will be available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and PC. You can read the latest news about this hero shooter if you click here.
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