Following a skewed report from PC Gamer that claimed Mordhau developer Triternion was considering a toggle for players to turn off non-white male characters, the developer has issued a full statement regarding the controversy, and their community moderation.
The developers issued a new statement where they note the suggestion that they were considering a toggle for players to be able to turn off female or non-white character models was an “absurd idea,” and that it comes from a misunderstanding from their interview. They suggested a toggle as a “theoretical solution to a difficult problem” and never an official one.
Furthermore, they added the studio “does not, nor have we ever, had plans to add a customization option that would force a white male default.”
In regards to the toxicity in their community, Triternion noted they “do not have prior experience managing communities of this size, nor the manpower or resources that established studios can leverage.” Despite this, they’re trying their best to improve the moderation, and step in when serious offenders are found.
“Our team consists of 11 first-time developers working remotely and volunteer moderators who try their best to curb this toxicity and behaviour across all platforms, including in-game,” the studio noted.
Coming from this, their team is “stretched thin,” and they simply “do not have the staff nor systems in place to moderate everything to our intended level of standards,” although the devs do say that “we plan on improving in this regard.”
Mordhau is now available for Windows PC, via Steam. Expect our thorough review on the game soon!