A ‘sexual assault simulator’ custom game mode has been found in ‘Overwatch 2,’ which has reportedly been around since the first game.
A custom game mode in ‘Overwatch 2,’ referred to as a ‘sexual assault simulator’ just started to gain enough notice for the dev team to take down the listing. The mode is only available through the custom game mode, which allows users to create private lobbies where they can have more control over the gameplay elements.
Normally, custom game modes allow users more creative freedom, with some players making customs that are so good, they spawn an entirely new game— League of Legends, Dota, PubG. This is a case of customs gone wrong and while Blizzard has removed the public listing for the ‘sexual assault simulator,’ it still remains available to play if a user has the right room code to access it.
TRIGGER WARNING SEXUAL ASSAULT
The custom game in question instructs players to “rape” the female characters of the game while playing Cassidy.
The player is instructed to “flash” the other characters, referring to Cassidy’s Overwatch 1 ability which allowed him to use a flash grenade to stun other characters.
Whoever created this game mode then added a prompt for the player to, “tbag to f**k.” This is followed by a loading screen that says, “raping…” before the female characters are marked as “pregnant.” After another period of time, a Torbjorn robot spawns in— a childish attempt at simulating childbirth.
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In a response to PCGamer, Blizzard stated that they removed the offending material: “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.”
Despite these claims, the game mode is still playable, as mentioned previously. Even more shocking, the game mode has supposedly been around for months prior to this, despite players reporting the content throughout that time frame. This mode is reported to go back all the way into Overwatch 1.
One person took to Twitter after they witnessed their son playing the game mode in question:
“Do not let your children play Overwatch. My 12yo son found custom games within it, one called, ‘sexual harassment’ and one game that simulated the female characters being raped. Thankfully my son realised it was bad, closed the game and told me. Don’t play #Overwatch“
Do not let your children play Overwatch. My 12yo son found custom games within it, one called, 'sexual harassment' and one game that simulated the female characters being raped. Thankfully my son realised it was bad, closed the game and told me. Don't play #Overwatch
— Lynn MBE 🔥 (@Lynn_McGoo) October 23, 2022
This is not a good look for Blizzard who, up until recently, had such a toxic culture that it created an unsafe work environment as sexual assault was rampant. The CEO of Activision Blizzard, Bobby Kotick, still remains in power.