The Horizon Forbidden West game, the sequel to the popular Horizon Zero Dawn debuted in 2022, being received very well by fans who praised the work of Guerrilla, the developer studio behind the franchise. Reception that has not been the same with the Burning Shores expansion that was released in April 2023, which has generated quite controversial moments due to its inclusion in its history, which bothered many players.
All this since, as we told you before, in the expansion there is the option of a romance between people of the same sex, in which the protagonist of the game, Aloy, participates. And while it’s entirely optional, some players have expressed anger and disgust at the inclusion of this romance option, accusing Guerrilla Games of “imposing an agenda” and “imposing diversity on us.”
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Controversy has now spread to Julie Elven, a singer who provided her voice for the song that plays during the romantic moment between Aloy and her new partner, Seyka. Elven has reported via Twitter that she has been receiving private messages from angry players, some of whom have even threatened her with violence.
As indicated in the publications from the social network, “Since Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores came out in April, I’ve continually received messages from angry players, as my voice appears in a scene in the DLC that they see as ‘LGBTQ propaganda.’ I get vomit messages and (texts) like ‘God won’t forgive you’, ‘You destroyed Horizon’ and more. (…) Love is love. Story wise this scene made a lot of sense and I still support Guerrilla. I’m proud to be a part of it.”
“To clarify: these are not direct messages where people express their disgust with the story; these are absolutely hateful messages. I’m not too affected by them (and I can’t take them seriously or personally), but it’s a reminder of how much still needs to change,’” Julie says.
A situation that shows again how toxic and even extremist some players can be, even in communities that are highly positive like Horizon’s. Players who have shown their support anyway, leaving messages like a fan who tells him: “Social change is absolutely necessary, and producing media with meaningful and candid portrayals of unique individuals will help create that change. Thank you for all you have done to create and share love stories.”
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