Ubisoft has confirmed that it will be patching a voice actor for Watch Dogs: Legion after learning of her controversial remarks about her gender identity.
London-based journalist Helen Lewis appears in two podcasts in the game titled open world, in which she discusses the threat of fascism in the fictional game world.
Lewis’s involvement was criticized on Twitter and the ResetEra forum after her past comments, which many considered cannibals, came to light earlier this week.
Ubisoft was quick to act on the criticism, confirming in a statement to Kotaku on Friday that it will remove two podcasts in the game with Lewis in future Watch Dogs: Legion patch.
“We were aware of the controversial comments from a journalist whose voice acting appeared in two podcasts in the game in Watch Dogs: Legion,”; said a spokesperson. “Neither Ubisoft nor the game reflects this journalist’s point of view.”
It added: “The development team worked with an outside producer to select speaker profiles for these podcasts and were not aware of the controversy at the time of booking or recording.
“Although the podcasts in the game are following a pre-approved scenario and do not say their own names or with their own opinion, we understand that this collaboration itself could be considered. is insulting and we deeply regret any harm this has caused.
“In response, we will be replacing these two podcast episodes in an upcoming update and will strengthen our background check for future partners.”
On Saturday, Politics.co.uk editor Ian Dunt – another journalist who appeared in the Watch Dogs: Legion podcast – criticized the removal of Lewis, calling the act “utter cowardice”.
“Someone is silent on all matters, even analyzing one fictitious political universe, because people don’t agree with what they say about another matter,” he said. “And worst of all, in an anti-fascist game. Wipe out someone’s voice in software updates: digital is the equivalent of writing books. “
Vlambeer co-founder, Rami Ismail, replied: “She has the right to keep and express her terrible views. So are the people who hold and express their views on her horror views.
“The game reacts to her awareness of her disdain too. So, are you speaking up for her or despite her disgusting opinion ”.