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WB Games launched the open beta for Back 4 Blood last week, a co-op survival shooter developed by the original creators of Left 4 Dead that allows players to team up in groups of four to blast away armies of “Ridden,” once-human hosts of a deadly parasite.

While fans of Valve’s zombie classic have had good things to say about its spiritual successor during the ongoing test event thus far (it’ll end today, August 9, with another beta period beginning on August 12 for PC, Xbox, and PlayStation platforms), Turtle Rock Studios’ Back 4 Blood has unfortunately managed to stir up some major controversy due to some of the voice work that can be heard in the game.

As indicated by various clips published over Twitter and other social media, some of the zombies appear to have a habit of yelling a particular racial slur as they’re rushing against the game’s heroes—the n-word, to be exact.

Naturally, the controversy hasn’t gone unnoticed by publisher WB Games. Following an initial report from Kotaku, WB Games has delivered a comment to the outlet clarifying that the offensive language wasn’t intentional.

“The audio is a result of two different Ridden growls that are playing simultaneously and when heard together sound like that word,” WB Games explained.

The publisher believes that the problem should be fixed by the time Back 4 Blood launches at the very latest.

Our team has been made aware of offensive language that can be heard when playing the game. This was not recorded or ever intended to be part of our gameplay. The audio is a result of two different Ridden growls that are playing simultaneously and when heard together sound like that word. We are working diligently to fix this issue, which should be completed either in time for the Beta, or when the game launches.

Source: Kotaku

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11 Comments

  1. Aren’t zombies supposed to moan, grunt and occasionally say:[I] “brains?”[/I] Seems like having them say more than that is unnecessary and immersion breaking.

  2. This is all you need to know.

    ““The audio is a result of two different Ridden growls that are playing simultaneously and when heard together sound like that word,” WB Games explained. “‘

    What’s the saying? Even bad publicity is still good.

    With that being said, I am looking forward to B4B. I really enjoyed the L4D games.

  3. I mean… Damn!

    First, I want to be clear, WB is not a racists publisher, even by great grandad had spoken positive things about WB through the great depression.

    That being said, as Dan has stated well, a zombie usually have a short script… Grrrr… BRAINS… anything more is completely unnecessary and for the “dev team” supposedly missed this flaw, only proves a few things – incompetence, ignorance, intentional and/or all the above.

  4. Oh yeah, [URL=’https://youtu.be/IjtfjRIffkw’]WB[/URL]

    There should have been a bit of quality control in the making of this. I’m sure in the future, pre mixed moans and groan may be better checked when they have a beta play through….[URL=’https://youtu.be/IjtfjRIffkw’] [/URL]

  5. I played the beta on Friday and Sunday for several hours, I didn’t hear anything like this. Hilarious though.

  6. I’m sure once they investigate further, they’ll realize the zombies were actually saying ‘Dinger’.

  7. It’s not like WB is exactly innocent

    [URL unfurl=”true”]https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/22358/bugs-bunny-blackface-politically-incorrect-cartoons[/URL]

    But taking into account the culture and the times I wouldn’t prosecute them for old cartoons either.

  8. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 39291, member: 96″]
    It’s not like WB is exactly innocent

    [URL unfurl=”true”][URL][URL]https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/22358/bugs-bunny-blackface-politically-incorrect-cartoons[/URL][/URL][/URL]

    But taking into account the culture and the times I wouldn’t prosecute them for old cartoons either.
    [/QUOTE]
    That is idiotic. How can bugs bunny be in “blackface” it is a damned rabbit, and isn’t even white. I thought blackface only applies to actual people. Political correctness [S]will[/S] cripple the entertainment industry.

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