Facebook Holds Off On Bullet Train Demo After School Shooter Backlash

Posted by February 25, 2018 Comment

In a move that probably shouldn’t surprise anyone, Facebook has decided to reel back on releasing a demo of their VR game Bullet Train after the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The company removed the demo from Oculus Rift stations set up for the Conservative Political Action Conference this week and gave no formal announcement as to when we’d be seeing the first-person shooter VR title return. Obviously, the move was done because showing off a game where, as you can see below, you’re opening fire on what appear to be either cops or trained gunmen in an open train station, probably wasn’t the best move in a point where the country is still hurting from the shooting and are calling for new gun legislation.

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Now whether or not Facebook will bring the game back at a later date or has decided to shutter the project altogether is another topic. It wouldn’t be the first time a game was delayed or edited due to a national tragedy, as GTA3 and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty both went through changes like these after 9/11. But those games were practically finished when they went through editing, while Bullet Train seems to still be in development. So depending on how the company feels about the game, this is something we may not see for a while or at all.

(Last Updated February 25, 2018 11:24 pm )

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