Deadly Premonition 2 dev claims transgender content “fixed”

first_imgDeadly Premonition 2 dev claims transgender content “fixed”A patch has altered a sequence criticised for treatment of a transgender character, but issues remain elsewhere in the gameMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefWednesday 22nd July 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareDeadly Premonition 2 has been patched to address its widely criticsed treatment of a transgender character.Speaking on Twitter, game director Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro said that “the scenario where the problem occurred has been fixed.””I didn’t change the important point of the story of this work, and I was able to make changes only where I wanted to make corrections,” he added.”Therefore, I am confident that fans who were worried that ‘this fix may change the essence of the game’ will be reassured.”Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise launched on July 10, and was greeted with lukewarm reviews due to a host of issues. Most of them were technical, but the long-awaited sequel was also criticised for its treatment of a transgender character.In one sequence in the game, the character in question, Lena Dauman, is both misgendered and deadnamed by the protagonist, FBI agent Francis York Morgan.However, while Hidetaka claimed that the issue was fixed, journalist and author Laura Kate Dale noted on Twitter that Deadly Premonition 2 still features instances of incorrect pronouns outside of that sequence.As reported by Polygon, Dale posted a series of tweets critiquing the changes made in the patch itself, and suggested the differences were small and clumsily handled.”They’ve very awkwardly cut out the sentence where York deadnames Lena as a Gotcha. Big pause, an awkward cut,” Dale said.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “But, Lena outs her own deadname a few seconds later, now totally unprompted, where before it was in response to York using it in the previous sentence.”Dale also offered an example of a different scene in which incorrect pronouns were still applied to the Lena Dauman character.In addition to changing Deadly Premonition’s narrative content, Suehiro said the patch also addresses the game’s technical issues, specifically improving its framerate. However, he mentioned that further changes will be made in a second patch that is already being worked on.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 51 minutes agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 4 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more