Beamdog to Remove #GamerGate Joke, Rewrite Dialogue in Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear

Trent Oster, CEO of Beamdog, took to his company’s forums tonight to tackle the issue surrounding the recently released Baldur’s Gate expansion Siege of Dragonspear and the content some have called into question.

Acknowledging that Minsc’s #GamerGate comment did not fit in with the lore of the game, Oster announced that the line would be removed:

Minsc – Minsc has a line which generated controversy. Looking back on the line, we agree with the feedback from our community, it has nothing to do with his character and we will be removing the line.

Oster also broached the topic of Mizhena and the abrupt in-game revelation of her gender challenges, stating that they intend to re-write her in a way that would improve her character:

We’ve received feedback around Mizhena, a supporting character who reveals she is transgender. In retrospect, it would have been better served if we had introduced a transgender character with more development. This is a lesson we will be carrying forward in our development as creators and we will be improving this character in a future update.

Also brought up were the games mechanical missteps, namely the multiplayer problems, which Oster said would be fixed with the next update.

Editor’s Note: Despite the game’s launch being plagued with controversy, with most of it centered on a false-narrative focusing on gamers supposedly hating the game because it included trans or gay characters, we have never advocated for content to be removed. We have, however, critiqued it, which you will see more of in our upcoming review for Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear.

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Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.

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