Overwatch's Tracer gets a new pose, now with slightly less butt

By midian182 ยท 16 replies
Apr 6, 2016
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  1. Many people are probably aware of the online debate that kicked off last week after Blizzard removed a hero's victory pose from it’s Overwatch game. The move was in response to a complaint from a fan that Tracer’s over-the-shoulder stance “undermined” the company’s commitment to strong female characters.

    Now, a new pose has been revealed. As you can see, Tracer keeps the super-tight leggings and still manages to show off plenty of her backside, but her posture does seem more fun and playful. The fan who complained said the problem wasn’t that the original pose was overtly sexual, it just wasn’t in keeping with the character. The replacement does seem to have fixed the issue.

    Fans have pointed out that the pose appears to imitate the type seen in many vintage pin-up girl posters, as shown below.

    A few days after the complaint was voiced on the Battle.net forum by a user called Fipps, Overwatch’s game director, Jeff Kaplan, posted that he agreed with the objection, and the pose would be removed. He added that the team had been debating changing it even before Fipps claimed it turned Tracer into “another bland female sex symbol.”

    "That pose [which] had been called into question from an appropriateness standpoint by players in our community did help influence our decision -- getting that kind of feedback is part of the reason we're holding a closed beta test -- but it wasn't the only factor. We made the decision to go with a different pose in part because we shared some of the same concerns, but also because we wanted to create something better," said Kaplan. "We actually already have an alternate pose that we love and we feel speaks more to the character of Tracer."

    Most Overwatch players seem happy with the replacement, but there are many who see the move as Blizzard pandering to the demands of fans, something that Kaplan denies. "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," he said.

    On the very small chance that you haven't seen it, here's the original pose by Tracer.

    Overwatch is coming to PC, Xbox One and PS4 on May 24. All three platforms will get an open beta from May 5 – 9.

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    I actually find that pose sexier than the pose it replaces...
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,684   +1,083

    Whatever, don't care.
    Levi Sterling likes this.
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,350   +2,000

    So much discussion over a little Butt? Wow, what will happen when they get into the big clevage views? Lord help us ..... I'm going blind!!!!! ROFLMAO
    Levi Sterling likes this.
  5. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,739   +3,757

    Indeed. This whole update is either an epic fail or a massive troll.
  6. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    Has anyone seen the animated short for Window Maker?
    She has a crazy sexy French accent as well!

  7. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Maniac Posts: 269   +111

    I like that Blizzard trolled the complainers hard with the replacement pose, it's funnier AND sexier :D
    psycros likes this.
  8. Setnom

    Setnom TS Member

    Agreed. For me, the butt stands out more in this new pose than in the previous one.
  9. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,739   +3,757

    An assassin without disproportionate sex appeal is just a real-life CIA spook.
    wastedkill, psycros and Burty117 like this.
  10. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Not true... the original showed all the way down to her feet and you could see how dumb she looked with legs that were 7ft long.
  11. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,669   +1,952

    I get the feeling that whoever designed it, may have never seen Sir Mix a Lot - Baby's Got Back. It is their loss.

  12. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,876   +1,297

    Yeah, I mean, she's wearing a skintight suit and thigh holster. Its not like she was meant to be eye candy for 13-yr olds or anything.
  13. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Right? And what's with the orange crack? If she were to take that off that suit would be an orange line down the back of that suit for the crack. Reminds me of those shirts you can get that are skin colored with shading for 6-pack abs.

    I'm pretty sure Blizz's artists have never actually seen a woman.
  14. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    Tfw when you have less of something you already don't have
  15. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,829   +634

    Seriously, this is just sad, is there nothing more interesting in the world of tech then one individual being offended by a video game? People take offense to video games every day and from every walk of life, why does this Fipps dude think he's so damn special that Blizzard would have to cave to his wishes? If you're not happy with your child looking at animated butt DON'T LET THEM PLAY THE DAMN GAME.
  16. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    If anything I think her butt looks more pronounced.
  17. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    There is a reason that pose was used by pin-up girls.

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