Peppa Pig: World Adventures, as the name suggests, takes Peppa around the world to explore different counties, cultures and traditions. It’s a neat little way for kids to learn a little about the world and have fun while doing so. The London section of the game sees Peppa Pig and her family go on a journey with Queen Elizabeth herself. Afterwards she joined them at a small water hole.
But after a sweet moment, the game is abruptly interrupted by a slate of tributes to the late queen. The developer clearly wanted to do a kind gesture for Lizzie, but the timing was rather comical, resulting in a viral reaction video. To be fair, you wouldn’t expect RIP messages in the middle of a kid’s game. Executive Producer David Moral explained how this rather hilarious tribute came to be.
“Unfortunately, the Queen passed away during development, and at that moment we had already embodied her character and built the entire trip in London,” Moral explained in an interview with Eurogamer.
“When the news broke, there was a discussion about how we should address this, because obviously there were other choices. We could have removed the trip and we could have removed London and the Queen from the game. It was a choice. It must have been.”
Admittedly, it seems like a rather tough decision to make for anyone. Especially when it involves one of the most recognizable people on the planet. “Now I’m glad everyone has decided to keep Queen in the game,” said Moral.
“She’s not here, but there are very nice people and kids playing around the world. [Peppa Pig: World Adventures]And they meet the queen and find out who she is. Because she has been a very important figure in Britain and the world for decades.”
“It just didn’t feel right to remove it. [London],” says Moral, “meaning to reduce the content and reduce the fun of the game. After all, if the kids like it, I guess that’s all there is to it.”
What Moral was saying, though, was not just London’s inclusion and tribute to the late Queen, but the fact that the game allows you to create different families. “You can’t get away with just setting up a traditional family like ‘father, mother, siblings,'” Moral told Eurogamer. “From our point of view [the ability to customise your family] It’s a plus or simply not a nice thing to have. It’s just a requirement, honestly.”
Moral went on to say that there are many different kinds of families in the world, not just the traditional mother-father-child dynamic. Developers wanted to normalize this.
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