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Deadly Premonition 2 patch begins to fix transgender controversy

Deadly Premonition 2 patch has started to fix a transgender controversy, but critics say it’s not enough.

As we previously reported, creator SWERY took to social media to apologise for the way in which characters refer to a transgender female by her deadname, additionally using male pronouns when speaking of her.

A recent fix has cut out lines of dialogue where the character’s deadname is used, but several references to the wrong gender remain. Journalist Laura Kate Dale describes the fix as one that’s “awkwardly cut”, adding, “basically nothing else changed”.

For his part, SWERY has said he’s still working on a proper fix.

“I might have hurt transgender people in my scenario,” he added on Twitter. “It wasn’t intentional. I am really sorry for that. Some scenes will be sanity checked by a team that [includes more] diversity.”

Deadly Premonition 2 is currently available on Nintendo Switch.

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