Injustice 2 Mobile dev apologies for Poison Ivy Pride Month promotion
Oppression 2 publisher Warner Bros. Games has actually said sorry for its tone-deaf Pride Month difficulty for the mobile variation of the combating video game, which asked gamers to batter on a queer DC Comics character, Toxin Ivy.
The Oppression 2 Mobile designer published an International Obstacle, entitled Love Conquers All, previously this month and identified the difficulty as a Pride event in which gamers need to jointly remove Toxin Ivy. The concept is to bring individuals into the mobile variation of Oppression 2 to work together to win unique benefits — the more times you beat Toxin Ivy, the more rewards the cumulative group wins. For battering Toxin Ivy 500,000 times throughout Pride Month, gamers would have made the biggest benefit.
Toxin Ivy is a canonically bisexual character, who has actually most just recently been romantically bound with Harley Quinn, to name a few DC characters. For example, DC Pride, an 80-page anthology originating from DC Comics, is an unique problem commemorating queer characters — in specific, there’s a story about Toxin Ivy and Harley Quinn. (Ironic, too, that the Injustice 2 Mobile challenge asked players to team up with Harley Quinn to take down her lover — a bizarre way to pay homage to the queer relationship.)
“We recognize associating our latest Global Challenge with Pride was insensitive and inappropriate,” the developer said — sporting a rainbow flag Twitter profile photo — in a tweet Thursday. “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. We apologize to the greater community, but especially LGBTQIA+ members. We are committed to listening and doing better.”
Warner Bros. has since removed the tweet bragging that players had already defeated Toxin Ivy 175,000 times. Messaging for the event remained in-game on Friday morning, advertising the Global Challenge and its rewards, as well as a notification for a free Pride celebration gift — a Champion Bundle with shards used to unlock new characters. (Batwoman, Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern, four characters that have been portrayed as LGBTQ, are on offer.) A Pride sale on in-game Oppression 2 Mobile items, too, has actually recently begun.
The ill-received Injustice 2 Mobile promotion comes as communities are discussing the place for corporate involvement in Pride Month. There is no shortage of rainbow-fied merchandise available from brands — the video game industry included. While some believe it is nice to see “symbolic support,” as Vox put it, for queer communities, others find the promotions superficial; many of these companies are often criticized for policies or initiatives that are actively harmful to the LGBTQ+ community.
The Injustice 2 Mobile Pride International Obstacle is the epitome of that belief: Slap a rainbow on it and you’re good to go — no critical thinking about how the promotion may impact the community it claims to support.
Polygon has actually reached out to Warner Bros. Games for more information on how this promo became.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.