The spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead, Back 4 Blood is currently running in an early access test and the response has so far been overwhelmingly positive. Players love the fact that Back 4 Blood borrows many elements from their favorite zombie shooter and even has developers of Left 4 Dead working on the game.
However, there is one problem that has been raising some eyebrows. During gameplay: some zombies apparently pronounce the N-word. Being a racial slur, fans were a little concerned on whether this was intentional and looked towards WB Entertainment for answers.
Warner Bros. addresses the issue
According to a statement issued to Kotaku, Warner Bros. says that the slur was never to be part of the game and what players are hearing, to apparently be a racial slur, is in fact two recordings merged together. To give zombies a wider set of randomized voices, the developers added an instance where several different zombie voices would be played together to give a little uniqueness to the zombies’ shouts. Unfortunately, when two specific recordings are joined, a sound similar to the racial slur is produced.
Here’s the statement by Warner Bros.
“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.”Warner Bros
How to join the Back 4 Blood early access?
The early access is currently available for people who pre-ordered the game. However, the game will receive an open Beta for other players to join which will start from 12 August. More details about the open beta can be found here.
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