This edition of the Geek News Brief includes stories about Overwatch hero McCree's new name, Jon Watts comparing Spider-Man: No Way Home to Avengers: Endgame, Hayden Christensen's Anakin Skywalker joining Star Wars: Ahsoka, and the release date for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy.

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Overwatch hero McCree renamed to Cole Cassidy

Blizzard has revealed the new name for the Overwatch hero that’s currently known as Jesse McCree, and it’s Cole Cassidy.

The name change will take effect in-game on October 26th, with the company tweeting out a monologue from the gunslinger himself.

“The first thing a renegade loses is their name, and this one gave up his long ago. Running from his past meant running from himself, and each passing year only widened that divide between who he had been and what he had become. But in every cowboy’s life, there comes a time when he has to stop and make a stand. To make this new Overwatch better — to make things right — he had to be honest with his team and himself. The cowboy he was rode into the sunset, and Cole Cassidy faced the world at dawn.”

Blizzard changed McCree’s name as part of a broader plan to remove references to real-life developers and former employees of the studio in the wake of a lawsuit related to the company’s former real life employee Jesse McCree.

Jon Watts compares Spider-Man: No Way Home to Avengers: Endgame

In a recent interview with Empire, director Jon Watts teased how big Spider-Man: No Way Home could be, saying, “We’re definitely trying to be ambitious… It’s Spider-Man: Endgame.”

Tom Holland, the man behind the mask, also spoke about the film saying, “When I was first pitched the idea, I was like, ‘Wow, that would be awesome if we could pull it off, but there’s just no way it’s going to work. You’re just not going to be able to get everyone to do what they need to do. It’s just not going to happen.’ But it did happen. And it’s crazy.”

Spider-Man: No Way Home is scheduled to hit theaters on December 17.

Star Wars: Ahsoka will also include Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker

Hayden Christensen will be returning to the role of Anakin Skywalker for Disney+’s upcoming series Star Wars: Ahsoka.

It’s unclear how Skywalker, or for that matter, Darth Vader, will figure into Ahsoka, which, like The Mandalorian, is set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and therefore after Vader’s death. As Ahsoka Tano was Anakin’s padawan, it could be in flashbacks, though it’s also just as likely that Anakin will be appear in the form of a Force Ghost.

While the news comes from several sources that informed The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has yet to officially comment.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition release date

Grand Theft Auto’s remastered trilogy, which includes Grand Theft Auto 3, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas, is releasing digitally on November 11th, with a physical release for consoles following on December 7th.

The updated versions will feature new aiming and shooting controls, modeled off the much smoother controls from GTA 5. They will also feature that later game’s weapon and radio station wheels, as well as an improved mini-map that allows players to set their destination.

Rockstar also promised updated character and vehicle models, a new weather system, and a suite of graphical improvements and resolution updates. The Nintendo Switch version will also have its own special control updates, including gyro aiming controls and touch-screen camera options.

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Rob Logan

Rob is a movie buff, computer whiz, gamer, huge Batman fan, and above all... a geek. In addition to being the Founder and Host of The Geek Generation, he is also a photographer, graphic designer, certified clinical hypnotherapist, a former professional wrestler, and a current superhero.

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