Though many players are enjoying the charms of developer Unknown Worlds' open-world underwater survival title Subnautica, others are getting first wind of a scandal that has resulted in one company employee getting fired.
As reported by several outlets like Rolling Stone and Kotaku, game fans discovered a number of disparaging remarks after diving into the Twitter account of sound designer Simon Chylinski, who reportedly has a history of posting insensitive and often offensive tweets. Many of the posts were centered around racial concerns or made jokes about the likes of gender diversity in gaming.
In addition to what most people would generally consider trolling, at least one post made by Chylinski was made in response to a poll posted by game director Charlie Cleveland, which asked whether users would rather the developers add the option to play as a woman or instead improve the core game.
Chylinski also had a number of other insensitive posts, including ones that made demeaning remarks about immigration, colonialism, the transgendered, and even promoters of "SJW logic." Naturally, when unearthed, these statements didn't set well with Unknown Worlds, who decided to let Chylinski go. Charlie Cleveland himself confirmed the story to Kotaku, giving the following statement:
"Over the weekend we discovered that one of our team members had made many hateful statements online that are against our company values. After discussing the matter with him, we decided to stop working with him immediately.”
Despite the disappointment felt by a number of fans of the game and studio, Subnautica still seems to be a considerable success. The Unknown Worlds team has been working on the title since as far back as 2014, with the game hitting Early Access in December. It earned its full release on PC on Steam just two weeks ago, and it's expected to be landing on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sometime in the future.