The developers of throwback first-person shooter Ion Fury have apologized after transphobic statements were published from the team's Discord channel, alongside homophobic language found inside the game itself. Developer Voidpoint and publisher 3D Realms have both issued statements apologizing, with the former pledging $10,000 to LGBT non-profit The Trevor Project.
Voidpoint has since confirmed these screenshots to be valid, and in a statement to IGN apologized for them.
"We recognize these statements are insensitive, unacceptable, and counterproductive to causes of equality. We unequivocally apologize both for these comments and language as well as for any pain they have caused the gaming community, particularly women and members of the LGBTQ community. We take full responsibility for any damage that has been done to the relationships we've worked so hard to build."
Publisher 3D Realms told IGN that these comments and the in-game comments, which include a knockoff soap called "Ogay" and an out-of-bounds message containing a homophobic slur, were not approved. 3D Realms goes on to say that future contracts will include terms allowing them to sever contractors if they don't abide by a zero-tolerance policy for hate speech, and that Ion Fury would be patched soon to remove all "unacceptable language."
This has sparked controversy on the game's official Discord, with users on either end of othe divide. 3DRealms members have asked people to drop the subject, saying "no more comments other than the recent statements made." One of the developers who made the initial comment stressed that the only thing changed in-game is a "sprite for soap and some insensitive debug text left outside the map somewhere."
"It's no big deal," they wrote. Voidpoint has since pledged $10,000 to The Trevor Project, which supports LGBTQ youth in crisis.