The developers of survival game SCUM have removed cosmetic tattoos from the game after they were found to be linked to Nazi symbols and slogans.
On the Steam page fans can pick up a ‘SCUM Supporter Pack’ which is a piece of DLC that offers extra cosmetics to the player.
Unfortunately this pack also features tattoos containing the numbers 14 and 88, which is a slogan used by Neo-Nazis to identify themselves. Others reference the Iron Cross.
After seeing uproar from fans regarding the inclusion of such hateful symbols, publisher Devolver Digital and developer Gamepires quickly removed the offending assets from the game and issued a statement to Polygon, which is repeated below.
“Devolver Digital has become aware of tattoos representing neo-Nazi symbology in the newly released prison survival simulation game Scum. We do not agree with use of this symbology or any hateful content, regardless of intention.”
“The use of the tattoo was intended to assist in portraying a realistic element of prison culture and the horrid elements within it. This content has been patched out as of this morning, and Devolver Digital are currently conducting a full review of all assets and content in the game with Gamepires. We strongly condemn any and all use of hateful symbology in our games and agree it should have never been in the game regardless of creative intent or realism. Devolver Digital apologizes unreservedly.”
Whilst the symbols were intended by the developer to parallel the real-life prison system, in this case it didn’t go down well with fans and now the pack no longer features the items discussed.
SCUM is available in early access on Steam, launching only last week on the 29th of August.