Superhot VR has been bombarded for review on Steam following the removal of scenes in which the player was injured or killed.
One scene now removed involved the player moving the controller like a pistol to shoot himself, while another scene blew the player off a tall building. It’s the kind of thing we can see regularly when there’s a level of separation between the monitor and ourselves, but the extra immersion provided with something like virtual reality can make some scenes like these distressing.
Although a previous update had added a switch to “skip disturbing scenes”, last week it was completely removed (thank you, Kotaku). A brief post on the Superhot team blog explained his reasons for changing the switch to a direct elimination and said “given the sensitive time we live in, we can do better. You deserve better. All the scenes that they refer to the same -harm are now completely removed from the game. These scenes have no place in Superhot virtual reality. We’re sorry it took us so long. “
The decision has not been satisfactory with a piece of the player base, who have resorted to removing the rating of the game on Steam from very positive to overwhelming negative. Steam has reclaimed the discrepancy and launched its review and bombardment technology.
The wave of messages of rage and abuse from fans includes calling for the removal of “virtue signage” and others who claim the scenes were “integral to the game’s history” and have left it with no important plot points. The developer has not had a word since deleting the scenes.