A shooting game that is soon to be released on Steam has spiced a huge controversy that might prevent it from being rolled out. The game, called Active Shooter, shows the main character getting engaged in different shooting situations and was described by its creator as a SWAT simulator. However, dozens of outraged parents see it as a depiction of a school shooting and want it banned.
Active Shooter looks incredibly similar to a school shooting simulator
On Friday, a petition surfaced on Change.org against the unreleased game Active Shooter. The petition has already gathered over 12,000 signatures and wants to prevent the release of this so-called outrageous game. Many worried parents compared the gameplay to a school shooting scenario, so it’s easy to understand why they want it banned.
When confronted with the accusations, the developer gave a different explanation. Revived Games described Active Shooter as a SWAT simulator. Therefore, the players can impersonate members of a SWAT team, namely an active shooter. Apart from the players, the game will also include civilians who are often targets of the shooters.
A group of outraged parents wrote a petition against the game
What outraged the parents about Active Shooter was a screenshot from the game. Here, the player runs on the corridors of a school and innocent civilians are trying to escape. It turns out the developers used a series of preexistent assets to develop the game. In an attempt to be quick and consume fewer resources, the developers ended up using controversial assets.
However, Active Shooter is not the first Revived Games title to cause outrage. Previous games of the same developer sported confusing titles that were enough to spice scandals. However, White Power: Pure Voltage or Tyde Pod Challenge were not what they sounded like. Their description revealed the games were actually harmless.
The release of Active Shooter was scheduled for June 6th. Given the recent petition and controversy, Revived Games said they got into contact with Valve and were planning to discuss the matter. However, the developer would most likely remove the option of impersonating the shooter.
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