Game news GTA 5: on PS5 and Xbox Series, transphobic content removed by Rockstar
As you probably know, Rockstar recently released new versions of GTA 5 again, this time on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series: the developers have obviously removed sequences deemed transphobic by an association.
Discriminating content removed from GTA 5
We know it: the Grand Theft Auto series is good at hitting all communities, constantly arming itself with satirical and acid humor to establish the societal criticism of its time. Nevertheless, some jokes and references pass better than others and those aimed at the LGBTQ+ community have stuck with Out Making Gamesan association working to defend this specific sector: it published in particular, in September, an open letter to Rockstar asking them to remove certain transphobic content from Grand Theft Auto V. Words directly supported by Kotaku thereafter, in short, enough to make noise.
And it seems that the noise has been heard. Out Making Games has just stated that the words and illustrations in question – caricatures of drag queens around Cockatoos and sentences of the main characters being intended for them, relating in particular to the taking of hormones – have obviously been deleted from the latest versions of the game, on PS5 and Xbox Series. Earlier in April, a player also pointed out another deletion, that of the virtual Captain Spacetoy figurine… which could change its genitals.
The models still exist in Director Mode at the moment, but their dialogue options have been removed (presumably this means protagonist dialogue lines to these NPCs about using hormones etc are therefore unused now too).
—Kirsty Cloud (@kirstycloud) April 8, 2022
As it stands, it’s unclear whether Rockstar acted in response to Out Making Games’ open letter since the R-starred firm made no official comment.. However, everything leads us to believe that the studio has of course heard the criticisms addressed to it: enough to push the association to thank cheerfully the designers having “makes the problem a priority”.
We recall that Grand Theft Auto V was originally released in 2013 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360: it was later released on PC, then on PS4 and Xbox One before landing very recently, in 2022, on next-gen consoles. Our test is available at this address.
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