One of the more surprising news stories that I have come across today was this one about Tracer’s victory pose in Overwatch, the upcoming multiplayer shooter of Blizzard Entertainment. Looks like butt shots are hitting a nerve somewhere because just like it was the case with R. Mika in Street Fighter 5, this one has also been changed for being overly sexual.
There is a difference between the two cases though, in the case of Street Fighter 5, Capcom itself had decided to remove her buttslap move because they thought it was uncomfortable and unacceptable, but in the case of Tracer’s victory pose in Overwatch, it is community pressure that forced Blizzard’s hand.
A number of people had complained about the “over the shoulder” butt shot of Tracer saying that it did not fit in here because “this isn’t a character who is in part defined by flaunting her sexuality.”
This pose says to the player base, oh we’ve got all these cool diverse characters, but at any moment we are willing to reduce them to sex symbols to help boost our investment game.
This one complainant said that “shipping with a tracer pose like this undermines so much of the good you’ve already done” and as a result, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has responded to confirm that they are removing Tracer’s victory pose in Overwatch to replace it with something that is more in line with her “silly/spunky/kind personality.”
He also clarified that Blizzard Entertainment was not caving in unlike what some of the fans would think whoo consider butt shots to be absolutely normal:
We understand that not everyone will agree with our decision, and that’s okay,” he wrote in a new update. “That’s what these kinds of public tests are for. This wasn’t pandering or caving, though. This was the right call from our perspective, and we think the game will be just as fun the next time you play it.
Millions of fans are looking forward to the release of Overwatch and whether you were comfortable with Tracer’s victory pose in Overwatch or not, we assure you the game will be as good as you wanted it to be.