The Chronicles of Wagadu is an upcoming 5E-based MMORPG that draws inspiration from various African cultures and mythologies. The founder of developer Twin Drums is calling out recent harassment and backlash with false accusations against the game’s art director.
According to a statement released this morning, Twin Drums founder Allan Cudicio pointed out that the studio is founded and owned by Black, but the team is located in locations around the world and is a diverse team working on the project. . The game’s art director, Iga, is one of the non-black members of the team and that’s the main reason she was targeted, according to the statement.
After working with another collaborator for a year, Cudicio says Iga offered to step in after the former artistic collaborator left the project after finding out he was queer.
An announcement from our founder following Twitter’s recent backlash against one of our artists. pic.twitter.com/PY9gTQ1A6G
— The Chronicles of Wagadu | MMORPG and 5E settings (@WagaduChronicle) August 8, 2022
“She immediately understood the nature of the project and as a result, produced all the great visual pieces that we shared with you on our social media,” he says. . “From the start, Iga has been a great addition to our team and has been a strong supporter of Twin Drums’ mission to elevate Black/PoC professionals within the industry.”
The harassment appears to be rooted in some accusations of “taking advantage of black people” and that some of the nude art in the game has been accused of being “fetishized” by a white artist. Unfortunately, after enough people started circulating a series of accusations, Twitter’s outrage followed various examples of the art of gaming. sometimes nude art, he says it’s “a deliberate anti-colonial statement by the black creators of Setting”
Cudicio goes on to say “I can say with confidence that she always exercised due diligence to ensure the art was an accurate and respectful representation of settings, themes and inspirations”. He ends by standing firmly behind the entire Twin Drums team and asking that we all look into some accusations before sharing them.
Learn more about The Chronicles of Wagadu, which is aiming for a 2023 release, on the game’s official website.