Overwatch 2 fans notice a cop car removed from map for Pride Month

By Olivia Richman


Jun 2, 2023

Reading time: 2 min

Amongst all of the Pride-themed additions to Overwatch 2, players noticed that a police car was removed from the Midtown map.

The Midtown map is inspired by New York City, meaning you’ll find a lot of cars, taxis, and other forms of public transportation. One of those vehicles is a police car, meant to represent the crazy crime and hectic life of the city that never sleeps. But the New York Police Department car was nowhere to be found when the map was redesigned for Pride Month.

Blizzard’s decision to remove the police car from the second point left the Overwatch 2 community applauding developers. A Twitter user was first to point out that the police car was replaced by a regular vehicle next to a rainbow-colored crosswalk.

“No cops at pride. Based,” one fan replied.

Another commented that they liked the new car’s pastel color. One player called developers “real” for the change. Another gamer said: “They talked about Stonewall in their announcement if they really care(d) they would know no cops at pride. GJ Blizzard for once.”

Of course, some Overwatch 2 fans were not happy with the change, stating they didn’t understand the significance of the change and felt offended by police officers. Others joked that Overwatch heroes themselves were cops in a way, making it a bit ironic.

What is in the Overwatch 2 Pride Month event?

The Overwatch 2 team has released a lot of visuals and lore to celebrate Pride Month and the LGBTQ+ gaming community. First, developers released a short story called “As You Are” that confirmed Pharah as lesbian and Baptiste as bisexual.

The team then revealed a collection of posters featuring heroes representing different members of the LGBTQ+ community. The heroes included in the big collection include Pharah, Baptiste, Tracer, and Soldier: 76.

Within the game itself, you’ll find Pride Month updates like re-imagined maps and cute sprays. But Overwatch 2’s Pride Month event is banned in some countries that have anti-LGBTQ+ laws.