Blizzard removes pro-Russia war symbol from Zarya skins in Overwatch

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The Overwatch Anniversary Remix event kicked off yesterday with in-game rewards including a range of fan-favorite skins. But users on Reddit and the Blizzard forums quickly noticed that at least a couple of them have been subtly altered: The “Z” that was previously on Zarya’s Arctic and Siberian Front skins is no longer there.

The Z is clearly a Zarya monogram, but more recently it’s gained infamy as the symbol used by Russian forces invading Ukraine. The letter doesn’t actually exist in the Cyrillic alphabet, leading to speculation that it’s an anglicized abbreviation of the Russian word for “West,” or a phrase meaning “for victory.” Either way, it’s also been adopted by segments of the Russian public as a symbol of their support for the war.

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Blizzard hasn’t yet commented on the removal, but it seems almost impossible that the change could have been made for any other reason. Zarya—full name Aleksandra Zaryanova—was a Russian soldier prior to joining Overwatch, and regardless of original intent, the presence of that “Z” on her uniform is incredibly inappropriate now.

Despite Blizzard’s silence, there’s no mistaking the change—as you can see in these before-and-after pictures shared by ProtoVI on Reddit, the Z is clearly gone:

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Zarya’s Arctic skin – Original (Image credit: Blizzard)
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Zarya’s Arctic skin – Updated (Image credit: Blizzard)
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Zarya’s Siberian Front skin – Original (Image credit: Blizzard)
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Zarya’s Siberian Front skin – Updated (Image credit: Blizzard)

It’s an unusual but not unprecedented move: Blizzard has previously modified Tracer’s victory pose after fans complained the original design was oversexualized, and stopped releasing unique skins based on Overwatch League MVPs after 2019 winner Jay “Sinatraa” Won was accused of sexual assault by an ex-girlfriend. 

I’ve reached out to Blizzard for comment on the change, and will update if I receive a reply.

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