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Hatsune Miku: COLORFUL Stage! is a music/rhythm game that launched late last year in December for western audiences.
The game was originally only released in Japan on September 30, 2020 – so the Japanese version is currently well ahead of the English version with content.
Being ahead of the western release also means that many more events have come out that English-speaking audiences have been aware of months in advance when it finally comes west.
One such event is called “Revival my dream”, which follows a narrative where players learn about the backstories of one of the characters. However, the event drew controversy from English fans for the inclusion of certain character outfits in the game’s gacha for the event.
The outrage arose from some people who said the outfits of two of the girls, Emu and Nene, were an “insensitive portrayal of indigenous culture”. The special outfits they wear for this event resemble stereotypical looks of tribal people.
Now Sega publishes and develops Colorful Palette announced complete cancellation of this event. They’re not just removing the offending cards, but the story content as well, as well as the other cards that no one had mentioned they took issue with.
The response to this news has been pretty negative from both Twitter and Reddit. Some of the posts on the subreddit to Hatsune Miku: COLORFUL Stage! includes users who have stated that this feature has done enough for them stop spending money on the gacha or even uninstall the game.
Hatsune Miku: COLORFUL Stage! is available for both iOS and Android.