It didn't take long for someone at CD Projekt Red to respond to The Chinese Room's "sexist" remark on Twitter. In the topic's thread on NeoGAF, Pawel Swierczynski, a lead developer on Wild Hunt came forward to respond with the following.
CDProjekt RED, company of 370 employees, a lot from around the world, many women (brilliant and talented) but also minorities: gay, transsexual (we might have been one of the few companies who had transsexual lead), all treated equally with only respect and support.
But we`re called sexist for showing a boob or panties. Really?
We always aimed to tell stories about people. And there are people with boobs and people with panties. Sometimes both.
This is by no means an official statement from CD Projekt Red as Swierczynski adds "this is my personal opinion and not of my employer".
This is not the first time that The Chinese Room has gone after a big time developer over claims of sexism either. The studio's Creative Director, Dan Pinchbeck recently wrote an article in GamesTM that compared the depiction of Quiet in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain to Nazi propaganda.
He said the following:
“Let’s transform Quiet (or that quite extraordinary opening shot down the front of a nurse’s dress, just before she gets strangled by another woman who then gets set on fire) into a non-white character – I’m sure you can come up with a racist stereotype to drop in there. And what if the villain was, say, a hook-nosed Jewish banker who eats babies, in the spirit of old Nazi propaganda? Hell, what if NPCs just shouted out racial slurs occasionally? Still a game of the year contender?”
Suffice it to say, The Chinese Room sure is an opinionated bunch considering they are willing to broach very sensitive gender politics on their official Twitter account.