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This week, Blizzard has released a brand new alternative pose for Overwatch’s time-jumping female adventurer, Tracer. After a recent update—which includes a new game mode, technical changes and a couple of bug fixes—the controversial “over the shoulder” victory pose has now been replaced with the following alternative:

New Tracer Pin up Pose

Image sourced from Ian Miles Cheong twitter feed.

Following back to the initial complaint, which led to the subsequent removal of the pose, as you can see in the image (below), this new pose definitely seems to highlight some of Tracer’s more fun and silly character attributes.

As previously stated by the game’s director Jeff Kaplan, Kaplan brought up that the team had already been planning on an “alternative pose” that spoke more about the character than what was previously presented.

“…..We weren’t entirely happy with the original pose, it was always one that we wrestled with creatively. That the pose 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.

Jeff Kaplan, Game Director

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Twitter users, such as Minecraft creator Markus Persson, were quick to praise Blizzard on the newest Tracer update. Among this, others have also pointed similarities between Tracer and a pin-up illustration as a possible reference.

As well as the Tracer patch, a new game mode entitled Competitive Play was also introduced to Overwatch. In Competitive Play, players can “level up” against a series of tiers and divisions. For now, only level 25 players will be able to queue for Competitive Play. As well as the new game mode, new skins, character balance changes, and leaver penalties have also been detailed within the following blog post.

In addition to the update, Blizzard has also released another animated short, this time starring Tracer and Widowmaker. Two more animated shorts are expected to be released at a later date, but in the meantime, be sure to check out their previous short Recall, which shows off Winston and Reaper battling it out. 


Quick Take

Well this was completely unexpected. No doubt this new pose is certainly going to spark some further debate from players concerned about Tracer now being sexualised. Regardless of that matter, I personally think that this newer pose is a definite step-up from what was offered, and highlights a Tracer’s supposed playful manner.  

What are your thoughts on Tracers new pose? Do you feel this new pose is a significant improvement? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Reptile

    Blizzard got me there, nice bait m8.
    Makes me think if everything wasn’t an elaborated ruse, like Blizzard created that fake post so that people complained, they “agreed” with the post so that it generated all the controversy and then they did this.

  • Chris Anderson

    This pose is, in my opinion, tons better than the original one because it fits her character. She’s an ex-RAF pilot, pin up pictures were often painted on RAF planes in wartimes. It’s sexualized, but this time it adds to her character.

    Then again, it’s just a pose.

  • Riddle

    I am very pleased. Obviously it’s just a pose, and I probably would’ve bought it eventually but I was holding off on principle. One guy’s shitty opinion can’t keep censoring game experiences for everyone. We just can’t keep doing this. Very surprised when I saw the new pose, and went straight to pre-order. Looks like they’re listening to the overwhelming majority after all.

  • Crizzyeyes

    Well this isn’t quite what I would have expected. This pose is actually a lot better, and I don’t even play the game. I guess Blizzard wasn’t lying when they said they didn’t like the old pose anyway? Here’s hoping they keep blowing off SJWs as they have in the past…

  • Robert Grosso

    Better pose for sure, not as lazy but still eschergirl style. At this point so is half of the cast so I guess they are going for that action comic look fully at this point.

  • Chris Anderson

    Implying they weren’t right from the announcement trailer?

  • Psyramics

    I died laughing when I saw it.

    I don’t know how well it fits as a victory pose, since it doesn’t look stable. Like she would fall over at any moment trying to hold it. But still. Hilarious.

  • Arbitrary

    I can’t help but shake my head at all the GamerGate-idiots desperately pretending Blizzard “trolled everyone” and that this was a GamerGate-win.

    These people can be so fucking insufferable.

  • Arbitrary

    “We just can’t keep doing this. Very surprised when I saw the new pose, and went straight to pre-order. Looks like they’re listening to the overwhelming majority after all.”

    What?

    It’s a blatantly de-sexualized pose. Why are you claiming they listened to YOU?

  • Jack Omally

    This whole thing was a shitshow. I know some people keep saying “Oh, Blizzard was gonna get rid of the pose anyway” But judging from what they said before it just feels like their second response was to cover their ass. Admittedly I like this pose better. But it’s ridiculous that this all came because one person bitched about how “sexualized” the original pose was when it was not at all.

  • Robert Grosso

    Fair point on that. Kind of ignored the announcement trailers though because I have little interest in the game.

  • ParasiteX

    In any case, it is a masterful PR maneuver on Blizzards side. By turning a massive PR disaster into a huge PR win.

  • Galbador

    “We weren’t entirely happy with the original pose, it was always one that we wrestled with creatively.”
    Oh, but of course! How could it be different!! /sarcasm

    “That the pose 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.”
    By players… Yeah sure, of course. Because player complain about the poses and not… I don’t know… BUGS and GLITCHES?

    “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.“
    Bullshit… you just catered to the SJWs as ANY OTHER COMPANY lately does. At least have the balls to say the truth and not lie through your teeth!

    Bunch of liars and toadies! This is what is wrong with the video game industry.
    Afraid to publish something because someone could make a negative critic.
    If you make a game, stand to it and stop give in to those bastards!

    Damn, this makes me so damn mad!!

  • Arbitrary

    Since when has Blizzard ever blown off SJWs?

  • Arbitrary

    Please stop pretending Blizzard intentionally “trolled everyone”. You sound so fucking desperate.

  • ParasiteX

    And you sound really butthurt. I really don’t like Blizzard. And this hasn’t changed my opinions of them.
    But they did manage to successfully reverse a massive PR shitshow into a big win for them. So gotta give em some cred for that.

    I guess you’re just too salty over being trolled hard.

  • Cenobite

    Blizzard just used a visual to make the Christopher Hitchens statement about taking offense.
    “When people tell me that I have offended them. I ask them if they have a point.” – Christopher Hitchens.

  • ParasiteX

    You know… When you look back on what Kaplan actually said. He never actually admitted they had any concerns about it being too sexualized. Just that they shared “some” concerns. Most likely the bit about them feeling the pose didn’t quite fit the characters “spunky” personality.

    But in the end they didn’t end up caving to the SJWs. As the pose is not in any way de-sexualized. Anyone claiming so, has to be fucking blind.

  • Travis

    This is just too funny. Dude complains about a completely non-sexual pose being too sexy. Blizz says “Sure, we’ll replace it.” Internet throws a fit. Then Blizz replaces said non-sexual pose with a 50s pin-up.

    And here’s the crazy part. It’s impossible to tell why. Either they…

    A. Realized exactly what they were doing and were trolling hardcore.
    or
    B. Legitimately believe that this pose is less sexual than the previous one.

    Either way, it’s hilarious.

  • ParasiteX

    #Problematic

  • ParasiteX

    95% more spunk. 100% still showing dat “problematic” ass.

  • ParasiteX

    If anything., The new pose is even more “problematic” according to our great feminist queen Anita.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CfUereKWwAAYE77.jpg

  • Reptile

    And now someone else complains it is even more sexy, blizzard be like, “Oh fine, we will change again”.
    And in the next patch Tracer is twerking.

  • ParasiteX

    Lol…. that would almost make me go buy Overwatch..

  • Reptile

    I was never into blizzard, but I think they deserve the “PR Canyon Drift Award”, if it doesn’t exist we should create it.

  • Galbador

    I have my doubts. This age of video games just suck and devs as like SJWs do a great job for that.

  • Well played.

  • Daryl Corey

    You know I hope they do have just this set of artwork ready to be made of just progressively more and more sexy poses so everytime there is a complaint by SJWs they just double down again with something even sexier to replace it

  • DontKnowSorry

    I don’t remember Blizzard ever having to blow off SJW’s in the past actually… This was their first time to my knowledge and they seem to have decided to troll instead.

  • This is tracer, she’s an acrobat

  • Honk Honk

    step 1 :pretend to cave to fake sjw post. get sjw money
    step 2 :let controversy boil untill attention has peaked.
    step 3 :release sexier pose. rake in all that sweet booty loving gamer money.
    crafty bastards

  • I thought of this being some odd manufactured controversy to get buzz about the game as well it just reeks of it almost

  • Mark Andrew Edwards

    Nice, I approve of the new pose. Tracer doesn’t have much butt to start with, this new pose is much more flattering.

    Well played, Blizzard.

  • Zepherdog

    It’s not that it shows more of the butt (it doesn’t), but that it’s far more pronounced.

    I really like the new pose, tbqh.

  • There’s also C. That the backlash made them make this pose this way to please the actual fans after fucking up.

  • I don’t see how this is a “massive PR win”, they’ve had a “massive PR loss” + loss of sales and basically came back from that but still lost in the process when they could have simply won by not letting Tygole the Scum engage in PR at all.

    You’re giving Blizzard and the Overwatch team too much credit after all the fucks ups they’ve done throughout the years. One of them being quite close to this one. The removal of an easter egg involving Overwatch character magazines (implying a “masturbation joke”).

  • ParasiteX

    I meant it’s more “sexual” in that this version of the pose makes both the butt and boobs visible. Which the Bitch Queen Anita finds “problematic”…Original pose just showed of dat ass.

  • ParasiteX

    How is it not a win when most people ive seen on social media seem to like the new pose? Many of which where very critical of Blizzards initial supposed caving to SJWs.
    I myself was very critical. Then again. this didnt make me wanna buy the game. But i wasn’t planning on getting it in the first place. So hardly a loss of sale. If anything they gained a lot of free PR attention. And usually even bad PR can be good PR if you are able to spin it just right.

  • Smoky_the_Bear

    Or C. Realised the shit hit the fan and decided they’d still best put a similar pose in to stop people branding them SJW shills.

  • Smoky_the_Bear

    Yeah lol the next few seconds after the picture is taken could easily turn into a Youtube worthy faceplant video.

  • the7k

    I think we just got trolled.

    Either way, 10 outta 10 pose, would buy figure of that and display on shelf.

  • Farwin

    I’ve been incredibly impressed these past few years by Blizzard’s ability to handle controversies.

    Combined with a surprising amount of quality in a few of their recent games, I’m almost at the point where I’m thinking their company is actually making a recovery after years of decline (culminating in Diablo 3)

  • GrimFate

    Might actually have to spend money on this game to support Blizzard now.

  • ChaosVortex

    I would literally go to the store the moment I found out and buy it full price, if they did that.

  • KLLRFRST

    C. Blizzard wanted easy publicity, and they got it.

  • KLLRFRST

    You could say that Blizzard….

    *puts on sunglasses*

    ….covered their ass.

    YYEEEAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!

  • “How is it not a win when most people ive seen on social media seem to like the new pose?”

    Read what I’m saying.

    “Many of which where very critical of Blizzards initial supposed caving to SJWs.”

    And some still are, they could have had this pose without the controversy and garnered a lot of positive PR.

    “If anything they gained a lot of free PR attention. And usually even bad PR can be good PR if you are able to spin it just right.”

    Not true in our case, those two initial comments still remain and it’s still not unlikely that Tygole the Scum fucked up and the whole debacle pushed them towards making this pose the way it is.

  • webkilla

    Wasn’t there some momlet who complained that she found the game too sexy for her 12yr old daughter to play – and that that was why she was complaining over the original Tracer pose? The game is rated T-14 or something like that

  • Zepherdog

    However you slice it, the pose is inherently more sexual, specially since it’s a literal trace (kek) of a pinup girl.

  • Zepherdog

    I’m not sure we got trolled but they may be back-pedaling after the backlash.

  • CRnuts

    Or the other option that they were going to replace it anyway, and this whole kerfuffle just pushed them to implement the changes quicker.