A new report from IGN alleges an ingrained culture of sexism at Game Science, developer of the upcoming Black Myth: Wukong. The title has been featured prominently at game events like Gamescom in recent years, and received attention for being one of the first triple-A games from a Chinese studio.
IGN's investigation dove into public statements by studio leadership as well as a number of other public communications by the developer. While the outlet scrutinizes public-facing statements made by those connected to Game Science, behavior within the studio itself is presently unverified.
Several job postings from Game Science have reportedly featured sexually suggestive images, and studio co-founder Yang Qi once made a post on the social media site Weibo about games that are separately made for men and women due to "biological conditions."
Industry professionals and players told the outlet that another Game Science co-founder, Feng Ji is a glaring example of how the company permits sexist behavior. Feng has a reputation for making outlandish comments, such as in 2007 when he once compared failed projects to stillborn babies.
"Is the pregnancy too short? Is the baby lacking nutrition?" he wrote at the time. "Are the doctors in charge of caesarean sections lowly skilled? Why can’t we produce a healthy child (product)?"
A developer under the pseudonym Cathy noted to IGN that women on Chinese social media were frustrated how much of Game Science's comments were being glossed over. One commenter on the social site Weibo made clear she was hurt by the studio's comments and actions over the past decade.
"[Game Science] definitely doesn’t need money from a female player like myself," they wrote. "So gross, as a female player I actuallyRead more on gamedeveloper.com