‘Wargroove’ Developer Apologises For Casting White Actors To Play Black Characters
Last month, Wargroove developer Chucklefish posted a tweet celebrating the voice actors it's used for the strategy game's upcoming 'Double Trouble' DLC. It showed multiple characters of colour were being played by a white cast. This was the first time headshots of the actors had been paired up with their characters, making the white washing plain to see.
The post quickly drew criticism from fans, who questioned why the game appeared to have an all-white cast given the characters in question. The developer was also criticised for not having noticed that such casting could draw criticism.
Chucklefish has now issued an apology for, well, everything, and given an explanation for how it happened:
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"During our casting process we knew that we didn't want our own unconscious biases to impact who we hired to work on Wargroove," Chuckefish writes in the statement. "We took two steps to do this: the first was that we had an external casting management team who helped throughout development, and the second was that we handled auditions blindly. This is to say we made a point of not looking at profiles, back catalogues, headshots etc and made our decision only using the audition files set to us."
Though, if the team was aware of the risk of unconscious biases informing their casting, hiring an outside company is only a half-step if they don't also instruct that company to hire people of colour to play characters of colour.
"We also understand that posting photos of our voice actors beside characters of colour without acknowledgement of the systemic problem of representation in the industry was insensitive and poorly communicated," Chucklefish adds.
The developer says that it will be "more sensitive" in its future casting decisions.
Featured Image Credit: Chucklefish