Spiritfarer's Ableist Storyline and Writing Will Be Fixed, Thunder Lotus Pledges

Spiritfarer's Ableist Storyline and Writing Will Be Fixed, Thunder Lotus Pledges

The developer has apologized for certain dialog within the game.

Spiritfarer has come under fire this past week, criticized for ableist writing in one storyline in particular. Yesterday, Spiritfarer developer Thunder Lotus has apoligized for the writing, and pledged to fix the storyline in which the dialog was featured.

The criticism leveled at Spiritfarer was directed at one storyline in general, where a character remarks that "being dead is better than being disabled," and only in death could they escape their dreaded wheelchair (as one user on Twitter noted). Spiritfarer is a game concerning the afterlife, where people's souls travel to a mystical land before being able to truly pass on.

Developer Thunder Lotus has issued a statement apologizing for the writing in particular. "It has been brought to our attention that some of the writing in Spiritfarer is ableist," the statement reads. "Especially in the case of one character's description of their own wheelchair. We, the developers of Spiritfarer, would like to offer a sincere and heartfelt apology, and pledge to correct the lack of sensitivity and good judgement we demonstrated."

Since releasing the statement and pledging to fix the changes, the statement has been generally well received by fans responding to the Thunder Lotus Twitter account. It's hard not to feel incredibly let down by and disappointed in Thunder Lotus for the insensitive writing for this storyline, but it's good to see the developer using the opportunity to admit their mistakes and put their own work under the microscope. The original writing remains in Spiritfarer as of right now, but Thunder Lotus is pledging to rewrite the dialog at some point in the future.

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