Sound designer Simon Chylinski, best known for his work on Subnautica, has been fired over statements he made on Twitter.
Subnautica is a popular, deep-sea survival game where players can explore the ocean's depths and interact with a variety of underwater creatures. However, an uproar began after it was discovered that Chylinski was found to have a history of making controversial statements on Twitter, including tweets praising colonialism and coming out against immigration as "importing random [people] from the [third] world."
You can see captures of Chylinski's tweets below.
Today, Chylinski tweeted, "So. I just got fired..." and Subnautica director Charlie Cleveland confirmed to Kotaku that the tweets were part of the reason for his firing. "Over the weekend we discovered that one of our team members had made many hateful statements online that are against our company values," said Cleveland. "After discussing the matter with him, we decided to stop working with him immediately."
After Subnautica came out to popular critical and player reception, interest in the game skyrocketed as Subnautica attracted YouTubers and streamers. This also led players to find old Twitter polls from 2016 where Cleveland asked followers if the players would prefer playing the game as a woman character, or improve core game functions. Imposing a strangely worded either/or question on the matter.
Deleted my terribly-worded tweet to avoid more anger all around. I want to be very clear that I fight for women representation on our team and in our games harder than anyone. It’s really important to me. I’m just sad we didn’t make the main character female to begin with. Alas.— Charlie "Subnautica v1.0" Cleveland (@Flayra) February 3, 2018
Cleveland walked back on the poll, deleting the tweet and apologizing on Twitter writing, "I want to be very clear that I fight for women representation on our team and in our games harder than anyone."
As Subnautica continues to grow, it will be interesting to see how the development team moves forward after the incident regarding Chylinski, as well as Cleveland's own apology.