Mickey Mouse horror game was forced to change its name due to Nazi connotations.
Yesterday we reported about an upcoming Mickey Mouse horror game; today, we can inform you that its name has changed due to potential Nazi connotations.
Nightmare Forge Games’ Infestation 88 has since been rechristened “Infestation: Origins”. What started as an attempt by some developers to cash in quickly when Steamboat Willie became public domain has since evolved into a story surrounding all of the Nazi references contained within its trailer.
Developers maintain that this omission was an honest oversight; their statement read: “Sadly, when announcing our game we were unaware of any additional implications associated with its number 88 – which in this instance refers to 1988 for reasons unrelated to artwork in our game’s story line.”
Anti-Defamation League can explain to those unfamiliar with “88” that it often serves as a “white supremacist numerical code” used to say “Heil Hitler” without making it explicit.
Also, 14 is said to represent Neo-Nazi sentiment and support, leading some internet investigators to claim that the Nightmare Forge team’s Discord mods could even be “out/proud neo-Nazis”, although evidence does not seem convincing—however claims.
Once you start exploring Steam’s Infestation: Origins, it can be easy to mistake secret codes for real ones. While we believe any claims against developers are reasonable based on historical precedent, anything strange could still occur, and therefore, any claims about developers must be handled with extreme care.
Although its name has changed, Mickey Mouse horror will still be released later in 2024, giving us enough time to witness its mysterious agenda first-hand.