Techland sorry for “inexcusable” Dead Island slur
Techland, developer of Dead Island, has apologised for a line of code that called a skill given to one of the game's female characters "Feminist Whore."
The code, spotted by posters on the Steam forum, refers to a skill which gives Purna, pictured above, a 15 per cent damage boost against male foes. In the game itself, the skill is called Gender Wars. In a statement issued to Eurogamer, Techland said that it, too, was shocked by the discovery.
"It obviously violates professional and ethical standards at Techland and should never have happened," said international brand manager Blazej Krakowiak. "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."
In a follow-up statement passed to Tracey John, Techland said: "It has come to our attention that one of Dead Island's leftover debug files contains a highly inappropriate internal script name of one of the character skills.
"This has been inexcusably overlooked and released with the game. The line in question was something a programmer considered a private joke. The skill naturally has a completely different in-game name and the script reference was also changed.
"What is left is part of an obscure debug function. This is merely an explanation, but by no means an excuse. In the end that code was made a part of the product and signed with our company name.
"We deeply regret that fact and we apologise 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."
Publisher Deep Silver was also compelled to apologise this week after it emerged that it had uploaded a development build to Steam rather than the final version. Dead Island is out today in Europe for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, and you can read our review here.
Source: Eurogamer / Tracey John