The developers of indie game Little Devil Inside – which was showcased at this week’s PS5 Reveal Event – has apologised for racist caricatures included in its teaser trailer.
In a substantial statement shared via social media, the team said “no one (not just limited to team members) has ever commented or hinted on the character designs” and they had not referenced “any real African and/or Afro-American human tribes”, despite the trailer including enemies with dreadlocks, large lips, and loincloths.
“Racist stereotypes of any kind were absolutely not intended, we were not aware of the stereotypical connotations and wish to apologise to anyone who may have been offended by the character design,” the LDI team said via a Facebook post (thanks, Kotaku). “In addition, no one (not just limited to team members) has ever commented or hinted on the character designs. However, these characters have not been revealed publicly elsewhere prior to the event.