Everything needs to be race swapped, apparently.
Matt Sophos, the narrative director for the upcoming God of War Ragnarok, has defended the game’s decision to race swap the mythological Norse jötunn Angrboda (Angrboða) by arguing that the series “is our interpretation of mythology, not history.”
God of War Ragnarok’s race swapping of Angrboda was first seen in the game’s premerie trailer, released during the September 9th PlayStation 5 Showcase, wherein giantess mother of Fenrir appears as a young black girl voiced by Laya De Leon Hayes (The Equalizer).
In response to this revelation, a number of fans questioned the studios’ decision to race-swap Angrboda, as seen in a thread started by cosplayer Alanna Smith and later joined by Sophos himself.
After tweeting “GUESS WHO TF I’M COSPLAYING” in response to Angrboda’s debut, Smith was asked by another Twitter user why the Norse character was “a black person,” to which the cosplayer declared “Because Black people exist. Get OFF of my TWITTER.”
User @realRahmKota then joined the conversation, arguing to Smith, “Not in Norse mythology ma’am.”