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Here's Overwatch's replacement for the victory pose that caused such a fuss

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It's different, butt not by much

The victory pose of a female Overwatch character that sparked a controversy last week has been replaced, and it still showcases the posterior that got everyone riled up the first time.

Here it is and, yes, butt cleavage is still on display.

tracer butt pose 2.0

A player in the closed beta criticized the original pose (pictured below) as needlessly sexualized and out of character for Tracer.

tracer victory pose butt

Game director Jeff Kaplan announced that the creative team was removing the pose, and that kicked off a headline-grabbing argument about the female form in video games, self-censorship and creative freedom.

vargas pinup not tracer but has butt like tracer


Kaplan put his foot down in a follow-up statement that his say on what does or doesn't go into Overwatch is final, and noted that he and other creative staff were lukewarm to Tracer's original pose. The original criticism was enough for them to scrap it and go in another direction.

Redditors who spotted the new pose noted it appears to be an homage to a work (pictured at right) by the noted pin-up art painter Alberto Vargas.

Overwatch is currently in a closed beta. Its open beta begins May 3, and the game launches May 24 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.