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After many months of rumors and speculation, Santa Monica Studio finally revealed a new trailer for God of War Ragnarok during the last PlayStation Showcase. Although what was shown was to the liking of the vast majority of players, the representation of some characters from Norse mythology caused the displeasure of a sector of the community. Faced with this situation, one of those responsible for the project addressed the controversy.
What happens is that the dark skin of Angrboda, a new character that will appear in this new title and will be played by the actress Laya de Leon Hayes, became the object of controversy after some fans assured that in Norse mythology they did not exist black women. Additionally, Thor’s appearance also caused discussions on social media.
Matt Sophos, who currently serves as the video game’s lead writer, has been very active on social media since the reveal of the latest trailer, responding to individual player complaints. However, he decided to address the whole situation in a Twitter thread in the hope that this is the last time he has to broach this topic.
Political correctness in God of War Ragnarok? Matt Sophos answers
The creative acknowledged that the vast majority of fans are very happy with the appearance of Angrboda, but also highlighted the complaints it aroused in a sector of the community.
Thus, Matt Sophos assured that the study did not give in to an alleged pressure from society. In fact, he explained that he can count on 2 fingers of his hand the number of corrections they received for the history of God of War and Ragnarok together, and emphasized that Angrboda’s skin color was not one of them.
“You caved to outside pressure.”
I can count on 2 fingers the # of notes we’ve gotten for story changes to 2018 + GoW Ragnarok combined. This was not one of them. I’m grateful for the trust given to us to tell the best story possible without interference. So yeah, nonsense. 3/11
— Matt Sophos (@mattsophos) September 13, 2021
Faced with the complaint that the story will be political due to the diversity of the characters, the creative said that every writer has the job of telling stories that are convincing and easy to identify, so that people express their opinions in their projects. In addition, he explained that writing is always a political action.
Undoubtedly, one of the most common arguments to attack diversity in the video game is the supposed lack of respect for culture or little fidelity to Norse mythology. Faced with these kinds of comments, Matt Sophos proceeded to list a series of elements of the 2018 installment that are not historically correct, but that nobody cared about or were not discussed.
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“We constantly take mythological characters and put our own spin on them. So if Angrboda’s skin color is what sets the line for how respectful we’ve been, it’s probably worth self-examination, ”the writer concluded.
She looks amazing and I can’t wait to find out more about her story. pic.twitter.com/wByj9Jfn4u
— Old King Allant (@shockle28) September 13, 2021
But tell us, do you agree with the statements of Matt Sophos? Let us read you in the comments.
God of War Ragnarok is in development for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. In this link you can read the latest news about this ambitious action title.
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