Frogwares is reportedly refusing to shy away from Lovecraft’s racist ideologies with The Sinking City.
According to a recent Waypoint preview, the game begins “with a content warning about Lovecraft and his racist views.”
The preview indicates that the topic emerges early, with characters expressing the kind of rhetoric common even in the contemporary political landscape—such as immigration increasing crime rates. Explicitly racist reviews are also expressed in relation to the Innsmouthers, while photographs of the KKK will be present.
Such inclusions raise the possibility of a measured discussion of a hotbed topic. However, the PR representative present during the preview seems noncommittal saying that the team is “not aiming to show [xenophobia] from the modern perspective.”
“It’s not the main theme of the game. It’s one of the many other parts of the world that our hero is exposed to,” said the representative.
The treatment of this prejudice and how it fits into the world that Frogwares has constructed is sure to be a topic of discussion when the game releases later this year.
In The Sinking City, players assume the role of a private detective who travels to a flooded New England town in an attempt to solve the mystery of the madness that has gripped the townsfolk.
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