Tracer has a new pose in Overwatch!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

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Blizzard’s latest game Overwatch is coming out soon for various platforms including the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Some lucky users are currently participating in one of the betas. While impressions appear to be positive so far, there were some concerns over the portrayal of a character, Tracer. One user posted on the message boards for the beta that they were not exactly pleased with one of Tracer’s victory poses. One of the reasons the poster was bothered by it was that to them “It just reduces tracer to another bland female sex symbol”. The pose in question is as such:


Blizzard responded to this post noting that they will be making alterations to this pose, in an attempt to release content that does not offend anyone. Now we have an update for the game that in fact, changed this pose. Tracer’s new animation seems to be a reference to, or inspired by old pin-up style pictures. The image below is from a forum which compares the pose with what is thought to be inspiration for it:


So what do you all think of Tracer’s new pose? Did Blizzard make the right decision here?


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  • Immahnoob

    I think that the backlash told them to not fuck up and pushed them to actually make this pose like this.

  • Cephrien


  • bob

    Still not going to buy. Not after all that bullshit they pulled.

  • tBanzai

    I don’t dislike this outcome, but the main issue was the way Blizzard handled this particular situation in the forums, not necessarily the pose itself.

    Going from basically writing an apology and statement to kowtow to someone whining, to shutting down discussion on the topic on their boards, to this, it’s just all been a mess.

    • David S

      yeah, this is what bothers me about the whole situation too. The image change, regardless of reason, is occurring in beta, before the game releases. So it can’t be considered a censorship issue. But Blizzards (initial) reason for the change was very questionable, and the subsequent attempt to quash the criticism is a very worrying thing.

  • Dgnfly

  • Keiji Johnson

    It’s a nice pose. Actually kinda fits her quite well, personality wise. BUT… I preferred them to not have removed her “over-the-shoulder” pose. You know, give the guy that complained about that pose the middle finger while satisfy him at the same time.

  • Mr0303

    The butt is still visible – I’m offended.

    In all seriousness the new pose isn’t bad and SJWs will still be triggered, but the fact that they changed it in the first place shows that the perpetually offended hold power.

  • Hogtree Octovish

    I’m sure they’ll still be offended by it.
    I mean with the fact that the new pose shows her left tit and her arse, rather than just her arse, you could argue that she’s more “sexualised” now.
    [The dreaded boobs and butt pose. Oh noes.]

    They should’ve just left the original pose in, but whatever.

  • Triscy

    They took down a butt shot (which you could spin any pose to find a butt shot, really) and replaced it with a pin-up pose? Blizzard, you cheeky bastards. I love you.

  • David S

    I honestly don’t know what to think of this. Was this the image that intended to use (per the very dubious claim that they already were going to) or is this the image they created after they realized how bad they blew up the forums by appearing to cowtow to a tiny minority of the player base?

    The new pose does look better, but I just can’t tell if it was the true intent, or a way for Blizzard to avoid having to admit they eff’d up in the forums. Personally, I’m leaning toward the CYA answer since there’s no other way to reconcile the original response, and the final image being based on a 20’s era pinup.