Dead Island studio under fire after 'disturbing' blunder

Techland to punish dev for ‘feminist whore’ code

The creators of Dead Island have promised to reprimand the “rogue” developer who spliced the phrase ‘feminist whore’ within the game’s code.

It was discovered that a female character in action horror game, called Purna, had one of her individual skills entitled “*FeministWh*rePurna” within the game’s code.

The internal script name was not meant to be seen by the public, but was exposed due to a mistake in publishing.

“The person responsible for this unfortunate situation will face professional consequences,” a spokesperson for Poland studio Techland told blog site TraceyJohn.

The developer in question has violated professional standards and company beliefs, Techland said.

"We deeply regret this and apologise to all our customers or anyone who might have been offended by that inappropriate expression,” the spokesperson added.

The game’s profanity was discovered after Techland mistakenly released a dev-build of Dead Island on Steam, instead of issuing a final commercial release.

Customers had access to large quantities of the game’s code which they could manipulate.

Brand manager Blazej Krakowiak said he was sure everyone at Techland is disturbed by the line of code.

“I can only express my sincerest apologies for this incident and assure you that whoever acted so irresponsibly did not represent the views and opinions of Techland,” Krakowiak told Eurogamer.

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Craig Chapple is mobile insights strategist, EMEA at mobile intelligence firm Sensor Tower and was senior editor at PocketGamer.biz.