This week, Blizzard revealed a brand new Overwatch map called Junkertown. But as fans have dived in to the map to take a look at its finer details and secrets, one particular aspect has led game director Jeff Kaplan to apologize to the entire country of Australia.
On reddit one Overwatch player pointed out that, after the first checkpoint on Junkertown, there is a store that sells “take-out” food. ‘Take-out food’ may be the phrase used in the United States of America but in Australia, where the Junkertown map is set, people refer to it as ‘take-away’ food instead. Although the player admitted that they were just “nitpicking” and that the issue is “no big deal,” they also noted that it could upset some Australians who may be disappointed at Blizzard’s lack of attention to detail.
As the post soared in popularity, it eventually prompted a response from Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan. Kaplan offered “a direct apology to the entire country of Australia” and asked fans to “forgive our cultural insensitivity.” The developer also confirmed that the language error would be fixed in an upcoming patch but warned that “the sign travesty will most likely go live for some period before being fixed.”
The apology has inspired some fairly amusing responses from fans. Some joked that Blizzard would release a patch to remove all Australian references from the game in protest while others some made puns about “taking out the take out.” Some even suggested that Blizzard changes the spelling of Junkrat’s RIP-Tire ability to RIP-Tyre, to fit in with the proper spelling in Australia.
Despite the jokes, though, some may point out that this isn’t the first time that Blizzard has seemingly dropped the ball when it comes to language within its game. For example, the kanji (Japanese characters) on Hanzo’s Anniversary event skin were incorrect, likely due to a Google Translate error. Hanzo’s animated feature also included the incorrect Japanese language.
Kaplan has voiced his interest in making an Overwatch character and map for every region in the world, but it’s currently unclear how far Blizzard wants to go with that and whether every region means every country or just specific areas. However, in order to avoid offending the people of a certain area and making sure every detail is accurate as can be, the developer will have to learn from its kanji and take-out missteps.
Overwatch is out now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.