A recent controversy has struck Blizzard’s upcoming multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch.
This controversy involves a sexy victory pose for Overwatch‘s female character Tracer, which all originated from a forum post on Blizzard’s forums.
In the post, a user named Fipps initially praised Overwatch‘s female cast. However, Fipps indicated displeasure at this particular pose for Tracer, which you can see below.
Flipps stated the following about the game:
So I wanted to start off by saying, I think the development team has done a pretty great job with the cast of female heroes in Overwatch. They are diverse, interesting, and compelling. From Mei to Zarya to Widowmaker the female cast reflects a large spectrum of personalities and player fantasies. Then out of seemingly no where we have this pose.
Fipps argues that Tracer’s sexy pose reduces her to merely a female sex symbol. In closing, Fipps states:
What I’m asking is that as you continue to add to the Overwatch cast and investment elements, you double down on your commitment to create strong female characters. You’ve been doing a good job so far, but shipping with a Tracer pose like this undermines so much of the good you’ve already done.
The forum thread eventually received a response from Overwatch‘s Game Director, Jeff Kaplan, who said:
We’ll replace the pose. We want everyone to feel strong and heroic in our community. The last thing we want to do is make someone feel uncomfortable, under-appreciated or misrepresented. Apologies and we’ll continue to try to do better.
Kaplan further qualified his reasoning for his earlier statement, saying:
While I stand by my previous comment, I realize I should have been more clear. As the game director, I have final creative say over what does or does not go into the game. With this particular decision, it was an easy one to make-not just for me, but for the art team as well … 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.
Overwatch‘s customisation is an optional feature and the cosmetic rewards you receive aren’t mandatory. You level up your character, earn loot boxes that contain skins, victory poses, sprays and more.
Share your thoughts with us about Tracer’s victory pose. Do you think Blizzard’s choice was correct?