‘Injustice 2’ mobile dev apologises for misguided Pride in-game event

The Pride event invited players to take part in a challenge to fight and defeat Poison Ivy, a bisexual character

Warner Bros. Games has apologised for an insensitive event intended to celebrate Pride Month in Injustice 2 Mobile.

The Pride event invited players to take part in a challenge to fight and defeat Poison Ivy in return for tokens to unlock different versions of Harley Quinn and Ivy.

Poison Ivy is a canonically bisexual character since her first appearance in 1966. She and and Harley Quinn confessed their love for each other in the recent Harley Quinn animated series.

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As reported in Kotaku, ResetEra users commented, “That’s fucking hilariously tone deaf” and “Ah, the beloved pride celebration of repeatedly punching a barely clothed bi woman in the face.”

Injustice 2 Mobile has regularly run promotional challenge events where players can earn in-game rewards.

The more players collectively defeated Ivy, the bigger the prize bundles they could earn with this Pride Month challenge, capped at 500,000 wins.

Posting a statement on Twitter, the publisher said, “We recognize associating our latest Global Challenge with Pride was insensitive and inappropriate.”

“Real life violence against the LGBTQIA+ community and women within that community in particular is all too common and we should actively engage in efforts to end LGBTQIA+ violence, not normalize it.”

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Last year, it was reported that NetherRealm were seemingly working on new Mortal Kombat and Injustice games.

However NetherRealm Studios head and Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon has hinted that the studio is working on a Marvel game as well.

 

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