God of War: Ascension has manufactured a bit of a backlash in some circles for the name of one of its Trophies. The digital trinket pops shortly after you’ve finished bashing the brains out of one of the Furies, the aggressive trio of witches who form the lead antagonists of the game. After a particularly brutal fighting sequence, you earn an achievement named ‘Bros before Hos’.
At least you did. A brand new patch will alter the name of the reward to the much cleverer ‘Bros before Foes’, quashing any misplaced complaints of misogyny. “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,” developer Sony Santa Monica told Joystiq in a statement. “The text was offensive to some members of our community and impacted their enjoyment of the game.”
While we’ve got to give kudos to the outfit for responding to the complaints, we can’t help but feel that the reaction has been a little bit overwrought. God of War is a series that’s always thrived on controversy – let’s not forget that this is a franchise where you spend most of your time slaughtering Gods – so the Trophy title is clearly intended in the same silly spirit as the rest of the game. Furthermore, director Todd Papy recently took to NeoGAF to explain that one of the title’s female producers actually came up with the name for the trinket.
Still, we suppose if it really is offending people, then it’s best to just pull it out. Did you find the Trophy distasteful? Has Sony Santa Monica made the right decision to change it? Let us know in the comments section below.