Earlier this week, Very hot VR has received an update which removed all the scenes involving the player’s character being hurt or killed. The developers explained that these scenes had “no place” in the game and apologized for taking so long to remove them. In response, hundreds of gamers called them and started bombarding the game on Steam.
The update of Very hot VR was released on July 21, and with that, the developers of Superhot Team a explained short message why the scenes with self-injury had been completely removed from the game. The deleted scenes involved the player shooting and jumping from a building.
The “Skip Disturbing Scenes” switch was added in a previous update. Taking into account [the] the sensitive time we live in, we can do better than that. You deserve something better. Now all the scenes that refer to self-injury are completely removed from the game. These scenes do not take place in the virtual reality of superphotos. Sorry it took us so long. We are [committed] to send this update to all vr platforms.
As expected, numerous Steam users responded with anger and hostility to the news of the update. Many annoyed by the update started doing so to give Very hot VR negative reviews, triggering Valve’s anti-overhaul-bombing technology to initiate and filter the flood of bad faith assessments.
Reading the comments in the section Superhot The developer update note is like moving through a war zone, with participants launching angry attacks against developers, the game, and society at large. A popular comment suggested that the “snowflakes” were the culprits and predicted it Grand Theft Auto games all their blood and violence will be removed.
If this seems like an overreaction to a developer making a small change in their own game, you would be right. There was no evil cabal that forced the developers to upgrade a four-year-old game to remove some scenes with acts of self-harm. The reality is that people are changing and it is possible that developers have looked back at what they did and felt uncomfortable today, in 2021, with their name attached to content that represented self-harm. So they decided to remove it.
Kotaku has contacted Superhot Team to delete scenes.
Currently, only these scenes have been removed in the Steam version of the game. However, the team mentioned in its note that Very hot VR on other platforms, like the Oculus Store will be updated in the future to remove these scenes as well.
Anyway, yes, happens again: Players are angry because some developers have decided to change their own game. It’s not the first time this has happened and unfortunately it probably won’t be the last.