An update to Overwatch has removed a McCree spray featuring a noose, it’s recently been discovered.
The update has removed the noose spray and replaced it with a horseshoe overlayed with text reading, “Bad luck”.
The noose spray is frequently used by players in conjunction with other sprays, essentially enabling players to mimick the hanging of in-game characters. The spray’s removal comes shortly after the deaths of two Black men by hanging in California alongside the discovery of a noose in the garage of Black NASCAR driver, Bubba Wallace.
Activision Blizzard hasn’t provided comment on the removal of the spray. The publisher has recently removed an “OK” gesture from Call of Duty Warzone after criticism it was closely connected to the white supremacist movement and also renamed a in-game skin from “Border Wars” to “Home on the Range”.
Overwatch is available now on Windows PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch.