SUPERHOT VR Removes All Scenes Depicting Self Harm in Update

SUPERHOT VR Removes All Scenes Depicting Self Harm in Update

And they've received a lot of backlash for it.

LizardRock by LizardRock on Jul 22, 2021 @ 11:03 AM (Staff Bios)
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Self harm is a series matter. And the folks at SUPERHOT Team are taking it seriously, updating the VR game to remove a scene that encroaches on that idea.

To provide some clearer context. SUPERHOT VR recently received an update that removed a scene that had the player jump off of the top of a building, and a scene where the player is encouraged to shoot themselves in the head. This follows a past update, that allowed players to turn disturbing scenes on or off, which would skip the scene. Now itll be a full removal. The devs issued a statement alongside this.

[The] Skip disturbing scenes toggle was added in a previous update. Considering sensitive time were living in, we can do better than that. You deserve better. All scenes alluding to self harm are now completely removed from the game. These scenes have no place in superhot virtual reality. We regret it took us so long.

Were committed to shipping this update to all vr platforms.


The response to this, however, has been rather negative. The game has seen a powerful review-bombing on Steam, pushing recent reviews into the Mostly Negative category. Many of the comments criticize the developers for buckling to a minority, and complain of censorship.

In our opinions, the comments can shove off. Developers shouldnt become the target of harassment for deciding to remove a scene depicting self harm. Aside from it being their game, and them being free to do with it as they please, suicide is a sensitive topic and its perfectly understandable to not want to engage with it in a game.

And in all fairness: Ive played through all of SuperhotVR back when it released, and I honestly cannot remember the scenes in question. So it must not have been so vital and memorable to merit this kind of backlash.

Regardless, you can find SuperhotVR on Steam, PSVR, and Oculus Quest.

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