Rumor: Wukong devs reject $7 million ‘extortion’ from DEI consultants

Wukong Sweet Baby

According to a journalist on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, Black Myth: Wukong is experiencing a harassment campaign from western critics and journalists after rejecting offers from DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) consultants.

The post (in Chinese) mentions how these consultancy firms interfere with games like God of War: RagnarokAssassin’s Creed, or Dying Light 2: Stay Human. Notably, they mention the boycott to the game Hogwarts Legacy due to J.K. Rowling’s transphobic comments.

The Chinese post implies that the backlash the game is receiving in western media is a direct result of their alleged refusal to contract with companies such as Sweet Baby Inc, which is also mentioned by name.

For context, the developer Game Science has been criticized for comments made by higher-ups in the company which includes co-founder Feng-Ji who reportedly compared game development to pregnancy, and said that men and women’s “biological differences” influences their decisions when playing and buying games.

Black Myth: Wukong is set to launch on August 20th, 2024, for Microsoft Windows (via Steam and the Epic Games Store), Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5.

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