Just recently, someone who played Dead Island revealed that he’d discovered a disturbingly offensive skill name when messing through the game’s dev code.
“FeministWhorePurna” is the ability title and it was discovered uncensored inside Data0.pak\Data\default_player_setup.scr file. It’s been suggested to have been an early name for the Gender Wars skill, which provides female character Purna extra damage against male opponents.
Blazej Krakowiak, Techland international brand manager gave the following reply to Eurogamer:
“It obviously violates professional and ethical standards at Techland and should never have happened. We’re investigating this right now and we’ll issue a statement later. For now, I can only express my sincerest apologies for this incident and assure you that whoever acted so irresponsibly did not represent the views and opinions of Techland. I’m equally sure that aside from the author of that unfortunate line of code, everyone at the office is as disturbed by this as you are.”
There’s also a further response from Techland to Tracey Writes Stuff:
“We deeply regret that fact and we apologize to all our customers or anyone who might have been offended by that inappropriate expression. The person responsible for this unfortunate situation will face professional consequences for violating the professional standards and beliefs Techland stands for.”
What are you thoughts? Should the person be punished or Techland doesn’t need to take this seriously?
Dead Island just hit the shelves recently to PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.