Nnnnice Games, an independent studio operating out of the Netherlands named its "raccoons in space" game "Starcoons," not knowing that the term is considered by some as a racist term. After learning that the title of its game might be offensive to African Americans and people of color, the studio decided that it had to change the name of its game. Starcoons will now be known as Curio's Starquest, the developer announced. The studio also said that it was unaware of the possible cultural issues associated with the game's original title.
"The reason for this change of the title is that we acknowledge the fact that our former title might raise some eyebrows about the use of the word 'coon' of which we missed the controversial meaning due to cultural differences," reads a statement from the studio. "We hope that with this new title, the game will still get the support it deserves, as Curio would be most happy to bring joy in the lives of gamers all over the world."
A new website for the game will be unveiled soon, under the title Curio's Starquest.
Nnnice Games is is a very indie studio made up of students from the Utrecht School of Arts and Technology in the Netherlands. The studio is supervised by industry professionals from such companies as Vlambeer and Ostrich Banditos.
Look for more information on the game to appear at some point at curiosstarquest.eu.
Starcoons was not the best name in the world anyway, so this minor accidental controversy has probably helped them in the long run.