Monster Hunter World is Getting Review Bombed
The 2018 game Monster Hunter World is targeted in a review bombing attack, but not because of anything that the game has done.
It’s been nearly three years since Monster Hunter World first launched, and the game has more or less reached the end of its lifecycle. There are no more major expansions or updates planned for the game, with Capcom looking ahead to the upcoming Monster Hunter Rise, set to launch this coming March. Despite this, Monster Hunter World is getting review bombed, though it’s not because of anything to do with the game itself.
Monster Hunter World‘s Steam page is being flooded with negative reviews by angry Chinese gamers who are upset about a potentially racist joke in the new Monster Hunter movie. The Monster Hunter movie premieres in the United States this Christmas, but opened in some other markets a couple of days ago. There is a scene in the movie where one character says “What kind of knees are these? Chi-knees,” which, as pointed out by analyst Daniel Ahmad, has been associated with the racist rhyme, “Chinese, Japanese, dirty knees – look at these?”
This has caused an uproar in China, with over 1,000 negative reviews dragging down Monster Hunter World‘s Steam user score. In response to this, Capcom has issued a statement clarifying that it was not involved in the production of the Monster Hunter movie, though that doesn’t seem to have stopped anyone from targeting the unrelated Monster Hunter World.
Anyway, this is going down about as well as you’d expect in China where it’s being linked to the rhyme / phrase “Chinese, Japanese, dirty knees – look at these?” which is considered offensive. pic.twitter.com/pQCFNQ86Je
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) December 4, 2020
China has notoriously strict censorship laws, and any film released in the country must first be approved by the proper authorities. Considering this, it’s rather surprising that this offensive joke managed to make it into the final film. In any case, unsubstantiated reports have indicated that China has pulled the movie to remove the scene, though it’s unclear how accurate those claims are.
While the Monster Hunter movie was not made by Capcom, the film has clearly taken inspiration from Monster Hunter World. Monster Hunter World is Capcom’s best-selling game ever, and so it’s no surprise that it is being used as a source for the film adaptation. There was even a crossover event adding the Monster Hunter movie’s Milla Jovovich to Monster Hunter World, though now Capcom may be looking to distance itself from the film.
The Monster Hunter movie was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, Jovovich’s husband, who previously directed his wife in the original Resident Evil film series. It remains to be seen how critics and fans will react to it, but reception so far has been mixed, discounting the controversy over the offensive joke.
Monster Hunter World is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.