Evening within the Woods devs lower ties with collaborator accused of assault

<em>Night in the Woods</em> gets extremely real despite its cartoonish look.
Enlarge / Evening within the Woods will get extraordinarily actual regardless of its cartoonish look.

A bodily launch for indie darling Night in the Woods has been placed on maintain as two of the sport’s creators are reducing ties with a 3rd following allegations of abuse and sexual assault.

“This week, allegations of previous abuse have come to mild relating to Alec Holowka, who was coder, composer, and co-designer on Evening In The Woods,” developer Scott Benson wrote in a thread on the game’s Twitter account. “We take such allegations seriously as a team. As a result and after some agonizing consideration, we are cutting ties with Alec.”

Earlier within the week, indie developer Zoe Quinn publicly accused Holowka of a sample of assault, isolation, and abuse whereas the 2 had been residing collectively in Winnipeg. Holowka has not publicly responded to the allegations.

Of their assertion, Benson and co-creator Bethany Hockenberry stated a deliberate bodily launch of Evening within the Woods by Restricted Run video games has now been postponed, although an iOS port “handled by an outside company” continues to be transferring ahead. An unnamed “current project” the trio was engaged on has now been canceled. Benson and Hockenberry proceed to collaborate on The Glory Society, a online game “cooperative” they started in March.

A rising motion?

The allegations in opposition to Holowka are a part of a wave of comparable stories of abuse being aired by many throughout the sport business this week. The catalyst for the motion was a blog post by indie developer Nathalie Lawhead accusing Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule of sexual misconduct and rape. Vocalist Aeralie Brighton later posted on Facebook to say that she too had “personally fallen prey to… Soule” in 2014.

“These 11-year-old allegations are false,” Soule told Kotaku earlier within the week. “I am shocked and saddened that these outrageous claims have been made.”

Within the wake of the allegations, music label Materia Collective said it has “terminated our working relationship with Jeremy Soule” and is “no longer involved in any aspect” of a deliberate album with him.

Autumn Rose Taylor, now head of selling at Trip Simulator creator Owlchemy Labs, additionally aired misconduct allegations this week in opposition to Oculus co-founder and former Chief Software program Architect Michael Antonov. In a series of Twitter threads, Taylor accused Antonov of inappropriate touching whereas she was “essentially blindfolded” by a digital actuality demo.

Antonov, who left Fb earlier this 12 months, has not responded to these allegations. Present Fb VP of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth said on Twitter that “these stories are sickening. I’m sorry it happened then and that you have to face the trauma again now… I do not accept this behavior. I’ve asked to understand how the situations were handled that have been brought up.”

Whereas Bosworth stated he could not share confidential particulars of the corporate’s investigation, “harassment isn’t tolerated or ignored. We investigate every claim, every time… I care deeply about building a safe and inclusive team, and your voices matter. You can hold me accountable if that’s not what you experience with Oculus or AR/VR at Facebook today.”

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