During a Total War Twitch stream, community manager of Creative Assembly, Micheal Whelan, made an outspoken comment about a popular gaming YouTuber. Just before the end of the stream, Whelan exclaimed, “Arch Warhammer is a dickhead, goodbye”.
If you’re unfamiliar with Arch Warhammer, he is a YouTuber who mainly discusses the lore of the Warhammer universe. He has been critical of Creative Assembly in the past, most recently for the removal of a salacious mod from Steam for Total War: Three Kingdoms that replaced all character portraits with images of sexualised women. Arch accused the Total War developer of pandering to SJW (social justice warrior) culture.
In a video posted on July 9th, Arch accused a female moderator called Grace as being the person behind the mod removal, saying in a clearly sarcastic tone…
The lead of the community team Grace has had her fee-fees hurt, oh god, oh Jesus no, the humanity, how could this have happened.”
He then called out the entire developer team for being “cuck beta leftists”. It’s important to point out that there is absolutely no evidence that points to the person mentioned above being responsible for the mod removal. Creative Assembly has since sent a letter of apology to the YouTuber, assuring him that the opinion of mister Whelan is not that of the developer themselves. In a reply to Kotaku, Arch Hammer informed the website that he has accepted the apology, albeit with an ambivalent attitude to it all.
This is just yet another chapter in an ongoing debate about the where to draw the line on creative freedom in the gaming industry. Only last year, Battlefield V had a similar issue with its inaccurate portrayal of women in WW2.
Total War: Three Kingdoms is available on Steam for £44.99.