The game, released by Ubisoft in March 2007, uses the term to describe a player who rates badly in one section. It was spotted by a Belfast woman, who was playing the game to pass time whilst giving birth to her son: “I thought it was absolutely appalling that a word like this should be used to describe someone who has not achieved very well,” she said.
The company has apologised “to anyone who was offended by the game” and said it will withdraw it: “As soon as we were made aware of the issue we stopped distribution of the product and are now working with retailers to pull the game off the market,” a spokesperson said. “The game was developed in Japan, and we unfortunately did not pick up on the offending word in our quality assurance. We are currently working with the developer to find a way to rectify the issue.”