Overwatch alters one of Zarya’s legendary skins to avoid any possible association with the Russian invasion of Ukraine

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One of Zarya’s legendary skins in Overwatch has received an unannounced but very important change with the game’s recent patch: The skin no longer has a Z on it. This is remarkably important. See, if you’ve somehow missed it, the Z has become a symbol of the Russian military during its invasion and brutal attack upon Ukraine (the meaning of the symbol is ambiguous, but there’s a good breakdown available if you want to dig into that rabbit hole). Zarya’s Z predates the invasion, but it was obviously a bad look for a Russian character in a video game to retain in 2022.

Blizzard hasn’t publicized this change, but fans noted first on the game’s subreddit that the Z was now gone from her outfit (it previously was placed on the upper-left portion of her costume just below the collar). This is hardly the first time that Blizzard has modified a portion of the game in response to player outcry and/or thinking better of a decision, but it’s clearly a good sign of the team standing in solidarity with a good cause.

And no, we don’t know why the outfit had a Z in the first place. Maybe she just likes her initials. (The skin long predates the letter being a war symbol, for the record.)

Source: Reddit via Polygon
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