Scum, a popular new survival game from publisher Devolver Digital and developer Gamepires, removed Nazi tattoos from Scum today after they were discovered to be on character models. Devolver also issued an apology and are currently reviewing the game's assets and content.
That tattoos were discovered by reddit along with images of characters from the $9.99 Scum Supporter Pack, who had Nazi tattoos like the Iron Cross and the numbers 14 and 88 which are references to white supremacy and Nazism.
Croteam community manager Zenoslaf originally defended the tattoos as part of the game's universe. "If you are offended by some textures in the game, please don't play the game. Because if we start removing things that hurt someone's feelings, it will be an empty game," wrote Zenoslaf in a locked Steam thread (thanks, PC Gamer).
In Scum, players play the worst criminals who must now survive as part of a reality show. Devolver addressed this aspect in its apology to players.
"The use of the tattoo was intended to assist in portraying a realistic element of prison culture and the horrid elements within it. This content has been patched out as of this morning, and Devolver Digital are currently conducting a full review of all assets and content in the game with Gamepires." Devolver added, "We strongly condemn any and all use of hateful symbology in our games and agree it should have never been in the game regardless of creative intent or realism. Devolver Digital apologizes unreservedly."
Gamepires issued their own apology writing, "Our intention was to create an atmosphere of the worst of the worst criminals in SCUM, and to portray the horrible type of people who would find themselves in a 'fight to the death' situation for a futuristic reality show where the worst criminals are pitted against one another."
Gamepires also addressed the forum response from Zenoslaf writing, "Wince our initial response on our forums we've discussed this as a team and with our publisher and agree wholeheartedly that this content was unnecessary, should not have been included, and have removed it. We apologize for this misstep and promise to our fans that we will take more caution in our approach moving forward."
Nazi imagery is a complicated subject in video games and has been a conversation in titles like Wolfenstein and Call of Duty: WW2.