Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise director Hidetaka Suehiro — identified casually as Swery — apologized Monday on Twitter for the dealing with of a transgender character within the sport. The director penned a press release by way of Google Translate, citing his “poor english skills.”

“I realized by pointed out from friends, I might have hurt transgender people in my scenario,” Suehiro wrote. “It wasn’t intentional. I am really sorry for that.”

Suehiro added that the scenes in query shall be “sanity checked by a team that included diversity,” and stated that he’ll rewrite an unspecified scene as quickly as doable.

Deadly Premonition 2 is the follow-up to 2010’s cult hit Deadly Premonition. The survival horror sequel was launched July 10 on Nintendo Switch, and takes place each earlier than and after the occasions of the primary sport, in each 2019 and 2005.

The character in query — Lena Dauman — is current within the 2005 part of the sport, which follows FBI agent Francis York Morgan. Lena is repeatedly misgendered and deadnamed (referred to by the identify she used earlier than transitioning, a observe usually used to delegitimize transgender folks). While York at one level provides a passionate speech to his assistant, Patricia Woods, about accepting marginalized folks, he deadnames Lena to her face within the very subsequent cutscene. York continues to misgender her all through the sport.

Lena’s storyline is riddled with transphobic tropes that transcend deadnaming and misgendering, most notably a revelation that paints her as a sexual degenerate. Suehiro didn’t make clear which scenes can be rewritten or what number of can be. Polygon has reached out to Deadly Premonition 2 writer Rising Star Games a couple of timeline for the patch replace, and we’ll replace this text with any info we obtain.