Nintendo caused quite the uproar by excluding same-sex relationships in its upcoming game, Tomodachi Life. The company disclosed that it can’t change the game’s design at this point, stating that “such a significant development change can’t be accomplished with a post-ship patch,” a method many have suggested.
While it may come as little consolation to those who wanted the option for same-sex relationships in the June game, Nintendo is aiming to rectify their mistake in future Tomodachi releases.
“We pledge that if we create a next installment in the Tomodachi series, we will strive to design a game-play experience from the ground up that is more inclusive, and better represents all players,” the company’s official statement reads.
That’s a great step up from the company’s initial response to the backlash, where they released a questionable statement saying “Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of Tomodachi Life. The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation.”
It’s unacceptable to exclude such a huge bulk of the population for no real reason. That choice is social commentary. Sure, the company wasn’t actively fighting against LGBT gamers with this game, but ignoring their existence remains hurtful. Here’s hoping that the company makes good on its word going forward.