After the recent announcement that iconic Overwatch cowboy Jesse McCree would see a name change following the revelations regarding an employee at Blizzard with the same name, the Overwatch Team have finally revealed what he is truly called.
The team revealed his name via Twitter amidst a major lore reveal that his prior name was merely an alias. His real name is none other than “Cole Cassidy”. This change will most likely be taking full effect in-game as of October 26th. Players have since been speculating what his true name could be on social media and in the forums. One of the most popular of these theories is that McCree is named is “Joel”. This is a reference to an interaction in which Sombra remarks that she knows the cowboy’s true identity. Another popular choice was… “Dave“, for some reason?
Meet Cole Cassidy.
Rides into Overwatch October 26. pic.twitter.com/CT6PmaNXNs
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) October 22, 2021
This beloved character has been known in-game as “McCree” since before day one, so it may be a little shocking and confusing to long-time players. Hopefully, the transition in-game will feel quite smooth and natural, especially since there have been hints throughout Overwatch that his real name was not the one he went by.
Though the sudden name change may feel difficult to adapt to or unreasonable to some, it is undoubtedly a good time to implement this sort of change with Overwatch 2 on the horizon. The sequel aims to change many things about the game and introduce many new faces. It seems like the right time for Cole to reveal his true identity.
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