God of War: Ascension developer Sony Santa Monica is changing the name of a trophy within that game following accusations of misogyny from a game critic.
In his Ascension review, Rev3Games’ Adam Sessler called out a trophy in the game titled “Bros before hos” that is awarded after Kratos escapes three female supernatural beings thanks to the actions of their son.
The transcript from Sessler’s video review:
“After the very best boss battle in the game, there’s a cut scene which displays one of the most violent things I’ve ever seen in a video game – it’s Kratos boot-stomping a Fury’s face in.
“While the image of a women’s face being kicked in is borderline, the overall dark nastiness of the franchise and its lack of gender roles outside the famous sex scenes keeps it just inside a tonal context.
“But following the conclusion of the cut scene you get a trophy – 'bros before hos'.
“This gut-punch of misogyny irredeemably sours this game, and it’s shocking that such a talented developer would traffic in such a contemptible attitude.
“I’ve always liked the adult fantasy of the God of War games, and in this moment it’s all reduced to some frat house joke, making me ashamed that I ever thought it was more than that in the first place.”
In response, Santa Monica is issuing a patch that will change the name of the trophy to "Bros Before Foes".
"We have created and will soon push out a patch for God of War: Ascension that alters the title of one of the game Trophies,” said the developer.
“The text was offensive to some members of our community and impacted their enjoyment of the game.
"We are endlessly committed to ensuring that our community can fully enjoy the experiences the team has created. As such, we've addressed the feedback and amended the Trophy in question."
The patch will be available at the game's launch on March 14.