Paladins art director responds to anti-anthro character skin petition by making another anthro skin called Salt

    
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This story is the level of professional pettiness that I aspire to. Let’s cast our minds back to June 2020, when a streamer shared a petition to delete a skin for Pip that turned the otherwise male-presenting character into a female character. “Pepper is in the videogame and this is unfortunate. I propose we remove her from the videogame,” reads the incredibly deep rationale of the petition’s creator.

This particular petition drew the attention of the game’s art director, who replied, “If ya’ll keep it up I am gonna design the next genderbent furry character and name him/her ‘Salt.'” Now, over a year later, that dev has made good on his promise, as the Salt skin became available for Io earlier this week. This new skin can be earned either in a Good Vibes chest or purchased directly.

As for more recent Paladins news, the Absolution update is just on the horizon, bringing with it a new champion by the name of Azaan, a new event pass, and some new Trials among other things. Azaan himself will be heading to PTS soon, but not until after a delay to apply some major fixes.

sources: Twitter (1, 2, 3, 4), official site
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jinarra

Honest to goodness I wish I could love ANYTHING as much as furries love furry stuff. Good wishes to ’em.

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Keithers -

I really don’t think this was a furry thing? Because Pip was originally an anthro fox, and there are other anthro skins in the game that they didn’t seem to have a problem with. I think it was because they changed Pip from male to female in that skin…? That seems to make more sense…

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Paragon Lost

Trying to figure out if I’m more amused or saddened that an adult posted such silly crap in the first place. Well played by the developer on countering the idiot player.

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Peregrine Falcon

The player was obviously being silly, yes. However, business decisions should be made on giving the customer what they want in order to keep the company in business. Company time and resources should not be spent trying “own” anyone. They shouldn’t be spent trying to “teach” the haters not to hate, or whatever.

Even if they’re right, companies have proven that they don’t have the moral high-ground, and thus aren’t qualified to push their morals on anyone.

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Rndomuser

business decisions should be made on giving the customer what they want in order to keep the company in business

True, and that is what they’re doing by introducing this optional skin. They know normal people don’t care if someone is using anthro skin option in game and they also know many people will now be willing to pay for this skin to use it in game just to “show it off to the haters” because of that petition by a troll (or not a troll but a genuine hater, it doesn’t really matter). It’s a smart business decision to introduce such skin option.

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Peregrine Falcon

It’s a smart business decision to introduce such skin option.

Maybe or maybe not. We won’t know, and neither will they, until the sales figures come in.

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Nathan Aldana

“but I, peregrine falcon, will assume it is an outright failure in the meantime”

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Nathan Aldana

I’d severely doubt he was being “silly”. but largely because I find people who get mad about Furries or Trans representation at best pretend they were trying to be funny but usually if you check their actual profile their entire profile is nothing but being an asshole.

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Winter

Delicious response he’s channeling my spirit animal Maleficent :D

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Yangers

Now what was it all those sweaty nerds said when people complained about games like Sekiro and Dark Souls being too hard, and some players wanted easier modes added?

Oh yeah, that’s right – “NO. You have to respect the ‘creative vision’ of the developer.”

Well, all these princesses can just suck it up and respect this vision.

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Bruno Brito

I saw this on Twitter and it was *chef’s kiss*.

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angrakhan

What a silly thing to protest. Oh well, touché on the name of the skin.

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Greaterdivinity

Haters: Oh you thin skinned furries and shit! Grow up!

Also haters: OH MY GOD A FURRY SKIN?! THE GAME IS RUINED AND THIS IS INTOLERABLE! CHANGE THIS NOW, I AM OFFENDED.

Never change, crazy people on the internet. Never change.

10/10, almost makes me wanna give Paladins another try.

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EmberStar

The artist showed more restraint that I would. I’d have genderflipped and furried the whole cast.

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Bruno Brito

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EmberStar

I also find it amusing because the character that originally started this is almost *literally* the main plot point of the most recent Ratchet & Clank game – IE, a character who is already furry finds an alternate dimension, opposite gender version of themself.

(Irrelevant side note – I think Rivet is a fun character and I’d probably buy that game in a moment if it was ever to cross over to PC. Since it’s PS5 exclusive, I couldn’t play it even if I wanted to buy the console, because even months later it’s apparently almost impossible to get one. Thanks, Scalpers.)

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Mike Pieniaszek

the ps5 isnt that hard to get ur hands on if you know the ins and outs and have availability to twitch at all times(have it running on ur phone or ur pc)….

there are several streamers who pretty much have a program going on there pc at all times… when any store gets a certain rare item in stock and is available to buy, be it a xbox, ps5, or a new graphics card, the stream will then blare a really loud sound alerting the viewers that one of the said rare items has gone for sale… me and my friend both got a ps5 within the same week of each other just by having the stream going in the background on our pcs well we did other stuff… ofc you still have to fight with the actual sites loading slow and trying to get your order thru… but with this you know exactly when there purchasable right down to the second they go live

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Eliot Lefebvre

“It’s not really that hard if you just restructure your life around looking for this rare thing, I have no idea what you’re complaining about.”

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Mike Pieniaszek

no need to “restructure your life”… when you have acess to your phone or pc just keep the stream running when you go about other stuff around the house. when the sound goes off put your order in on whatever website the stream says has the item in stock

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Okay, I missed that. “Anthro”? Short for anthropomorphize?

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zoward

I was little thrown off by the term here as well.

Anthro – Urban Dictionary

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Bruno Brito

On my Deviantart days, my furry friends made a heavy distinction between Anthro and Furry, and Anthro characters were more leaning on the human side, while the Furry were leaning on the animal side.

I guess things got just jumbled into one big furry package now.

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EmberStar

Not an expert. But my understanding is that this is Anthro:

And this is “furry.”

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Mark

Oh man, I remember seeing that DTP scene as a kid back on VHS from the video store and rewatching it again and again

Often in slo-mo

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TomTurtle

That’s a glorious way to stick it to the bigots.