An “inappropriate” Overwatch 2 game mode reappeared over the weekend, titled “sexual harassment simulator.” Players were tasked with knocking down female heroes (like Mercy and Widowmaker) while playing as the cowboy Cole Cassidy and repeatedly crouching over their bodies. The character is labeled “pregnant” as an AI-controlled Torbjorn supposedly fills the role of the baby. This is the same name as the ousted Activision Blizzard developer who took part in the controversial “Cosby Suite” meetups.
A screenshot of the custom mode was posted to Overwatch’s official subreddit by user Joyolo13, sparking outrage. Blizzard quickly pulled it down, but it’s concerning that this issue has come up more than once within a few months.
“Inappropriate or explicit content has absolutely no place in our game,” a Blizzard spokesperson told PC Gamer. “We immediately removed the user-created game mode once made aware of its existence. We are continually working to improve automatic filters to prevent inappropriate user-created content, and manually removing any that are not caught by the system.”
Kotaku reached out to Activision Blizzard for comment. Meanwhile, players are posting PSAs to warn the community about the offensive content. It’s clear that not all player-created game modes are this egregious, but it’s important to be aware of the potential for this kind of content.