Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault and Harassment.
An inappropriate one Overlook 2 game mode appeared again, but it’s not one get excited about. Entitled ‘Sexual Harassment Simulator’, the mode was played enough times to become one of the most popular of the weekend, according to some players. pc gamer, which saw the return just before Blizzard quickly pulled it down.
Another “sexual harassment simulator” was discovered in October 2022, but both instructed players to Overlook 2‘s female heroes (such as Mercy and Widowmaker) while playing as the cowboy Cole Cassidy and crouching over their bodies repeatedly, apparently as PC gamer reported, using the word “rape…” until the character in question is labeled “pregnant” as an AI-controlled Torbjorn supposedly fills the role of the baby. This is disgusting on so many levels it’s not even funny, especially since players are forced to play as Cassidy, formerly known as McCreethe same name as the ousted Activision Blizzard developer who competed the controversial ‘Cosby Suite’ meetings.
A screenshot of the custom mode has been posted Overexpected‘s official subreddit by user Joyolo13who just asked, “What the hell?”
“Lol, I remember seeing this every day [Overwatch 1],” said Redditor sw1nky. “Can’t say I’m surprised it’s still around, [to be honest].”
“McCree is back in the game, I think,” said user FoulfrogBsc.
Kotaku could not find custom game mode in Overlook 2 it looks like Blizzard has taken the “sexual harassment simulator” offline for now. So it seems that the company knows such a mode exists, but it can be difficult to prevent it from appearing again in the game.
“Inappropriate or explicit content has absolutely no place in our game,” a Blizzard spokesperson said PC gamer when the outlet asked about the first version of the mode last year. “We immediately removed the user-created game mode after being made aware of its existence. We are constantly working to improve automatic filters to prevent inappropriate user-generated content, and we manually remove content that is not caught by the system.”
Kotaku contacted Activision Blizzard for comment.
While this is at least the second time that the “simulator for sexual harassment” has surfaced Overlook 2 in particular, players noted that a similar mode existed in some form in the original Overexpected game. Back then, players placed PSAs to warn the community about the offensive content. Of course, not all player-made game modes are so blatant. But it is worrying that this issue has come up more than once in a few months.