Overwatch has officially revealed the new name for the DPS hero formerly known as McCree. Now, the outlaw gunslinger has officially been rebranded to Cole Cassidy.
Blizzard announced they would be changing the cowboy hero’s name back in August of 2021. Formerly, the hero shared a name with Blizzard dev Jesse McCree, but now the DPS cowboy will be rolling into matched with a brand new name.
Fans have been wondering what his new moniker could be for months, and on October 22 Blizzard finally announced what his new name would be.
What is McCree’s new name?
No longer will the Deadeye-wielding hero be known as McCree, now he’s known officially as the outlaw “Cole Cassidy” which we have to admit is a pretty old west-sounding name.
“The Cowboy he was rode into the sunset, and Cole Cassidy faced the world at dawn,” Overwatch said on Twitter, referencing his old name.
Where did Blizzard get the inspiration for the new identity? We don’t know for sure, but it could very well be a reference to the classic old west film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
“Cole” could have been chosen as a first name simply because it rolls off the tongue. Or it could be a play on Ashe’s name (Ashe and Cole, get it?) Either way though, his old name will only be in Overwatch for a few more days following the news.
Meet Cole Cassidy.
Rides into Overwatch October 26. pic.twitter.com/CT6PmaNXNs
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) October 22, 2021
Cole Cassidy, will be added to Overwatch on Tuesday, October 26, when McCree finally rides off into the sunset for good, according to Overwatch’s tweet. In the Hero Gallery he’ll now show up as “Cassidy,” right between Brigitte and D.Va.
What will be interesting to see is if all of the old interactions with his name in them will have been changed as well, or just removed. It would be simple to have voice actors record the lines with “Cassidy” instead of McCree, but whether Blizzard’s been able to get that done remains to be seen.