New 'World Of Warcraft' Update Removes Inappropriate Content
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The 9.1.5 update for World of Warcraft is removing and changing a bunch of old content from the game such as innuendos and inappropriate references. Activision Blizzard has been at the centre of a few lawsuits recently, including California's action against the company for sexist and inappropriate practices. The company has had all sorts of allegations arise about employees, harassing or sexually pursuing women, and now in an attempt to clean up its act, World of Warcraft's content has been reviewed to eliminate unsuitably suggestive content from the game.
In the patch notes on Wowhead (via Polygon), there is a note addressing the changes that the team is making and why that is: "While a PTR usually focuses on new content, Patch 9.1.5 testing has been the subject of widespread attention after revealing changes to some very old and sometimes obscure parts of the game. Following Blizzard's statement on updating references within World of Warcraft, which called the updates part of a company-wide effort to update parts of the game which were outdated and inconsistent with their values, we took a deeper look at the PTR to find out what else has changed throughout the game."
These jokes, for example, were heavily present in quests about the Sons of Hodir. Quests like "Thrusting Hodir's Spear", "Mounting Hodir's Helm", "Raising Hodir's Spear" and "Blowing Hodir's Horn" have all been changed. Additionally quest, "Jormutter Is Soo Fat" has both changed its name and the character is called Jorcuttar rather than a 'your mother' joke.
Perhaps the most notable change however is that the Draenei capital Mac'Aree is being changed. One of the Blizzard employees involved in the "Cosby Suite" was Jesse McCree, a longtime employee of the company and also the namesake of Overwatch character McCree whose name will change for Overwatch 2. Since Mac'Aree is a reference to the employee, the name of the capital will be changed to Eredath.
There are also NPCs with name changes, like Spanks will now be Nanner, and Master Baiter is now Jiang Ziya. You can see all changes here.
Topics: World of Warcraft