Dataminers are combing through the latest public-test-realm build for World of Warcraft Shadowlands’ upcoming patch 9.2, which will see the return of class-based Tier sets for the first time in years. Unfortunately, one of those sets at certain angles looks awfully close to the robes and hood of the white supremacist terrorist organization the KKK.
The upcoming Warlock Tier set for Eternity’s End, which has been the source of the unfavorable comparison, will be changed in an upcoming PTR build and thus won’t make it into the live game, Blizzard has stated on Twitter.
We hear you and agree. This was an oversight where we hadn’t yet fully reviewed this set from every angle before putting it into the initial test build. We’ve already begun work to adjust the set, and you’ll see changes to it in a forthcoming build of the Eternity’s End PTR. https://t.co/0ZxNgMlSXu
— WarcraftDevs (@WarcraftDevs) November 19, 2021
Given the ongoing lawsuits and investigations related to allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination at Activision Blizzard, having a gear set that invokes white supremacy is, obviously, not a good look. The WoW development team has made ongoing efforts in recent months to address older in-game content that could be potentially problematic, doing everything from removing suggestive jokes and artwork to removing certain pieces of dialogue.
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