Kitfox Games has apologized for the content warning in Boyfriend Dungeon, acknowledging that it “inadequately describes” the events of the game.
Kitfox posted the apology on Twitter over this past weekend, which is when the conversation over the game’s more potentially triggering aspects really came to a head. The studio also confirmed that a new content warning will soon be added.
This likely means the content warning will more accurately describe the stalking and emotional manipulation present throughout the game.
The content warning for Boyfriend Dungeon inadequately describes the events of stalking and emotional manipulation that exist in the story. We’ll update the game next week with a more accurate CW. We apologize for any hurt inflicted by our mistake. Thank you for playing!
— Kitfox Games 🦊 BOYFRIEND DUNGEON OUT NOW (@KitfoxGames) August 14, 2021
The content warning currently in the game — the original one — says “this game may include references to unwanted advances, stalking, and other forms of emotional manipulation.” It also tells players to “play with care,” as noted in The Verge’s coverage of the content warning.
The larger discussion around the content warning wasn’t so much that it doesn’t mention all of the potentially triggering content in the game, but more that the warning doesn’t necessarily mention how integral to the story’s progression that content is.
IGN’s own Boyfriend Dungeon reviewer touched on this in their review: “I was made massively uncomfortable by responding to his creepy messages, so as soon as I realized I could just ignore him, I did, and went about my character’s summer. Only after completing the dungeons and finishing three character paths did I realize that you can’t, actually, bypass his creepiness; if you don’t answer the texts of an asshole, you don’t get to finish the story. Yikes.”
The review continues and mentions that Boyfriend Dungeon does feature a content warning at its start that warns players of potentially uncomfortable situations, but “it didn’t say I’d have to take part in them.”
“Physical notes, additional challenges in the dunj, or myriad other threats would have been better than forcing us to give space — and by replying to Eric’s [the stalker] messages and choosing to engage, that is giving space — in order for him to continue his gross ways,” IGN’s review continues. “If it were me I’d just block him and be done with it.”
That’s not possible in the game, however, and it seems Kitfox Games is apologizing for failing to mention that in the game’s content warning. The new content warning that promises to be “more accurate” will likely address this unskippable aspect of the game.
Check out our full thoughts on the game in IGN’s Boyfriend Dungeon and then watch this five minute video of Boyfriend Dungeon gameplay.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.