Deadly Premonition 2's Transphobic Scenes Will Be Rewritten by Creator Swery

Deadly Premonition 2's Transphobic Scenes Will Be Rewritten by Creator Swery

The creator has put out an apology for the original scenes.

Deadly Premonition 2 launched last week, and saying the response to the game has been mixed would be putting it lightly. In particular, criticism was levelled at the depiction of a transgender character in the sequel, which creator Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro has addressed.

Yesterday on July 13, Swery posted the message just below to his personal Twitter account. "Good morning everyone. I need to tell you about my apologies about DP2," the tweet itself reads. "So I wrote message by myself with Google-sensei. Please forgive my poor English skills."

Swery's message in full. | Hidetaka Suehiro

In the statement itself, Swery apologies for the depiction of a transgender person in Deadly Premonition 2. The creator reassures fans that "it wasn't intentional," and that he will "[rewrite] that scene ASAP."

"I'm the one writing the scenario. So the characters are not responsible. My fault. Please don't hate them," he concludes. So, it appears we can expect a future update for Deadly Premonition 2 to rewrite the scenes in question with the transgender character, rather than cut them entirely.

I'd like to direct your attention to a review of Deadly Premonition 2 from a transgender woman. In her piece on Trusted Reviews, Jade King writes that the depictions of some minority characters in the sequel are "oddly hurtful," adding that a transgender woman in the sequel is "misgendered, deadnamed, and ripped of any validation in favour of a tragic conclusion. It left a bad taste in my mouth, and a perfect example of how such identities shouldn't be handled."

In his review here at USgamer, Mat lampooned the game largely for losing the magical appeal of the original, an often ridiculous, melodramatic budget survival horror game. It certainly doesn't sound like Deadly Premonition 2 has lived up to the cult successes of the first game, but this news from Swery is certainly a step in the right direction.

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Hirun Cryer

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