“We were not aware of the stereotypical connotations and wish to apologise to anyone who may have been offended by the character design,” the statement reads. According to the developers, their design intention was “to create characters who are protectors/guardians of a particular mystic region in the world of Little Devil Inside.” Neostream added that they did not reference any “African and/or Afro-American human tribes” while creating it.
Neostream explained how they plan to modify the design in four steps listed below, and added that they may change it entirely if it ends up being unsuitable for the game.
1. Remove the Dreadlocks.
2. Change the bold lips.
3. Change skin tone.
4. Tweak the dart blower so it looks less like a joint.You can check out some screenshots from Little Devil Inside over on our announcement piece. For more on games from the PS5 conference last week, check out our article covering every game that was revealed during the show.
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