Overwatch 2: References Honoring Jeff Kaplan Have Been Removed

Overwatch 2, the sequel to Blizzard Entertainment’s hero shooter, seems to be going steadily in its development, possibly predicting a launch near the end of the first half of 2022, a title that has also begun to show a little more content such as the reworks of Shade Y Bastion.

In the Overwatch League finals held on September 25, Blizzard took the opportunity to talk more about Overwatch 2 and present a showmatch with league professionals, to show the scope of the change from 6v6 to 5v5, however, something curious was noticed by some fans.

Some time ago, a little before the controversy with Activision Blizzard and the lawsuit from the state of California for labor abuses broke out, we had the unfortunate news that Jeff Kaplan would leave his position as Creative Director of Overwatch, however, this creative would still be alive through some references in Overwatch 2 specifically in the new map of New York, where we can see it in a sign of a Pizzeria and in an abandoned coffee cup in the underground subway of the map.

However, after the controversy exploded, one of the things that Blizzard decided would be that the references to the real world in their titles would be eliminated, to avoid future problems such as what happened with the Overwatch hero McCree and his real-life namesakeand it seems that the action has already begun to be applied, according to what Naeri has been able to corroborate on Twitter, where we can see that the Pizzeria that honored the developer has removed its name.

Although this change does not have any relevance in the gameplay of Overwatch 2, it is something that was quite valuable within the video game, the references to the real world made the game a little more special, and it will be necessary to see what other things will be left out when the title has finally been released in 2022.

Overwatch 2 will be released sometime in 2022 and will come to Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC platforms.