Dustin Browder, game director of Heroes of the Storm, has been forced to apologize after making a few comments on the “hyper-sexualization” of women in MOBA, which were ultimately called out by community members later on.
In a recent interview with Rocket, Paper, Shotgun, Browder was pointed out the various alternate outfits of female characters in Heroes of the Storm and was questioned about the seemingly over-sexualized designs for characters in the game.
“Well, I mean, some of these characters, I would argue, are already hyper-sexualized in a sense, he stated. I mean, Kerrigan is wearing heels, right? We’re not sending a message to anybody. We’re just making characters who look cool. Our sensibilities are more comic book than anything else. That’s sort of where we’re at. But I’ll take the feedback. I think it’s very fair feedback.
We’re not running for President. We’re not sending a message. No one should look to our game for that”.
Borwder has now posted an apology on the official blog for Heroes of the Storm, saying that he had “responded poorly” to the question.
“This is a serious topic and I don’t want anyone to think that I, or anyone else at Blizzard, is insensitive about how we portray our characters, he added.
It takes work to make compelling characters, but it’s important to take a step back to ensure that we’re not alienating our players”.