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The Sinking City Includes Content Warning For Racism

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The Sinking City

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.

Recently, the game was announced to only be available on the Epic Games Store on PC, though PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners will be able to purchase it. The Sinking City launches on June 27.

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Damien Lawardorn
Damien Lawardorn is an aspiring novelist, journalist, and essayist. His goal in writing is to inspire readers to engage and think, rather than simply consume and enjoy. With broad interests ranging from literature and video games to fringe science and social movements, his work tends to touch on the unexpected. Damien is the former Editor-in-Chief of OnlySP. More of his work can be found at https://open.abc.net.au/people/21767

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8 Comments

  1. Hopefully, this doesn’t cause some outrage drama because Sinking City looks very interesting.

    1. Any fans of Lovecraft should be thrilled they’re not shying away from his views. Now, that being said, the whole Epic Store exclusivity will definitely bring some drama to the stage. I could care less. I just want anything Lovecraft.

      1. I know Lovecraft was racist and misogynist. I know it was even bad for his time, but unlike many people, I’m able to separate the views from the works and world he built.

        1. lovecraft was right about the other races though. there not human. they have no souls. thats why blacks despite being 13% of the population commit over 5-% of all violent crimes here in america. there savages with little brains.

  2. Who cares.

  3. WHELP! Im gonna pirate it now and not buy it. Im tired of this sjw stuff. Its lovecraft…. If you need to put that disclaimer and your not even gonna drop n bombs and stuff then whats the point.

    1. Damn, that’s all it takes for you to puss out like a bitch? Pathetic “gamer”, dude.

  4. That kind of editorializing is a big yikes. If the original author’s views are so obviously abhorrent and present in the work, that will speak for itself. People are sometimes capable of forming their own analyses. Priming your customers with overt prejudice against the creator who made your derivative work possible is incredibly uncharitable. Poor form in spades all around.

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