Follow TV Tropes


Word Of God / Video Games

Go To

Word of God in Video Games.

Works with their own pages:

Examples with sources cited:

Who said it, and when or where they said it is included in these examples. If you don't know when or where, even in general, please add your examples to the section below, not here.

  • There was some speculation among fans of Assassin's Creed that modern day characters Shaun and Rebecca were more than friends. In a tweet answering a fan, Darby McDevitt confirmed they are together.
  • At the end of the Dark Seed II wrongpurae, slowbeef said he contacted the creator of the game, who said that it was intentionally left vague whether or not the dark world actually exists, or if Mike Dawson is just crazy. Fortunately, nobody cares about Dark Seed canon.
  • During Dragon Age II, several characters make comments that hint that Fenris' former master, Danarius, had....more interest in him than just a super-powered bodyguard. Bioware eventually confirmed this.
  • The developers of Evolve are quite involved on the forums, along with a handy way to filter out their posts. While a lot of that is in regards to gameplay, several pieces of information are only known due to their interaction. Of particular note is Matthew Colville, the lead writer, who has revealed several key facts.
  • Fallout:
    • Back in the old days of Fallout 2, there was much confusion regarding Super Mutant sterility especially given an offhanded comment made by a certain Super Mutant. And lo', clarification was given by Chris Avellone in the Fallout Bible that said comment was indeed a poor-taste joke and that mutants were definitely and undeniably sterile, Despite this, the entire community ignored this and still bicker amongst themselves like frellin' idiots to this day. Amen.
    • There's still a Fallout 3 fan controversy although The Word from the lead designer is: Fawkes IS and ''was'' male. Look at his vault suit tatters. The seam patterns match the Male vault suit. This could have been cinched before it got out of hand. Though it's likely someone who can't let it go will insist "she" was crossdressing or something.
  • Most Word of God for the Half-Life series is collected at the "Marc Laidlaw Vault" (named for the game's writer).
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • In 2011 art book and encyclopedia called Hyrule Historia came out included with an in-game timeline section from director Eiji Aonuma. This timeline is Nintendo's first complete document on the series chronology, which up until that point had been solely the realm of vague hints and fans Wild Mass Guessing.
    • A less timeline-centric case involved confirmation that the Zora became the Rito, a fact only loosely hinted at by Medli's implied Ruto ancestry in The Wind Waker.
    • Another statement from Hyrule Historia is that the Hero's Shade from Twilight Princess is the spiritual manifestation of the regrets of the Link seen in Ocarina of Time.
  • From a Q&A Session during a Game Reboot, Leisure Suit Larry creator Al Lowe stated the reason behind skipping number 4 in the series was because of flippant comment that the first 3 games didn't need a sequel. This turned the marketing into making "game 5" and referencing the "lost" 4th game as "Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies" both in-game and out. The new games, and the VGA rereleased 1st game, sold much better than the original trilogy.
  • Years after the universally unsatisfying end of Mass Effect 3, the creative director of Bioware threw the fans a bone by confirming that if Shepard survived the "Destroy" ending, Garrus does find them.
  • The Metal Gear series contains a great number of mysteries, many of which are introduced in one game, with potential answers hinted at in that game or its sequels, only for the true (and completely different) answers to be revealed in even later games. To this end, in the credits for Metal Gear Solid 4, the final game which answers all important questions, Hideo Kojima (the series' creator) is credited as the "Voice of God".
  • Mojang has confirmed that the Minecraft character Alex is a female, by constantly referring to her to with feminine pronouns.
    "(...) But jolly old Steve doesn’t really represent the diversity of our playerbase. For that reason, we’re giving all players opportunity to play with an Alex skin instead. She brings thinner arms, redder hair, and a ponytail; she actually looks a bit like Jens from certain angles." - Owen Hill from Mojang
  • The Japan-only video game Neon Genesis Evangelion 2 had a set of unlockable files, supposedly based on those of the shadowy organization SEELE and revealing the deep secrets of the series, based on a series of interviews with the show's creator, Hideaki Anno. The extra information might not allow Neon Genesis Evangelion to make complete sense, but it certainly does help. The main oddity is that the supposed God is notoriously unwilling to divulge any information about the series he worked on, generally advocating "Death of the Author" to the point of "Suicide of the Author". All the actual information seems to have come from an older Proposal, which could technically fit, but just somehow in relation to the actual finished product.
  • Fans had speculated long and hard as to who among the cast of Overwatch was gay. Then the December 2016 comic Reflections revealed Series Mascot Tracer had a girlfriend, which Blizzard elaborated on shortly thereafter by stating that Tracer was lesbian.
  • According to this interview with Persona 4's staff, all the entries in the Persona series do in fact take place in the same verse. Also, an interview with Atlus in P4's DoubleJump guide confirms that the blue butterflies in Persona 3 and 4 are supposed to be Philemon.
  • Resident Evil 5 with the death of Albert Wesker, a major plot driven and entirely important story character. This drove fans to disbelieve his fate heavily, many of which fought between each other as to the character's potential mortality. Lo and behold, Word of God states in a paraphrase that "Wesker will NEVER return". However, most fans have either accepted it or rejected it entirely based on different reasons. Even years afterwards, some fans still believe the word to be wrong, regardless of already being possibly replaced by a sibling who is eventually revealed to be an unofficial sister who was given the same surname, Alex Wesker. The exact words of producer Masachika Kawata: "Even if you want Albert Wesker to come back, there's no chance he's coming back from that."
  • Shadow of the Colossus featured sixteen colossi that are not named in-game. Eventually names started to pop-up with sources claiming to be from either Dengeki or Famitsu, which are usually Word Of God sources for Japanese games. Fumito Ueda eventually stated in the official artbook that none of the colossi have names — only nicknames given by the staff during development.
  • At Sonic Boom 2012, Takashi Iizuka confirmed the canonical backstories of Silver the Hedgehog, Eggman Nega and Blaze the Cat.note  At Sonic Boom 2013, he also explained why the moon looks fine in every Sonic game set after Sonic Adventure 2: it's still blown in half, it's just the "good" side we see.
  • The Exile in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 is canonically female, which caused an outcry among fans, since the Handmaiden romance was far more interesting and rounded than the alternative. This was likely in response to the angry response in making Revan canonically male, despite Female Revan fanfic and fan art having a 5:1 ratio over male Revans. Making the whole thing clear as mud is that while Leland Chee (the canon keeper of the Star Wars Expanded Universe) declared the canonical genders of male Revan and female Exile, Word of BioWare and Obsidian was the opposite. Obsidian's own trailer and promo art refer to Exile as "he" while David Gailder of BioWare went on fan boards and admitted he viewed the character of Revan as female, even writing an epilogue of sorts. For good or ill, it's the verdict from LucasArts that stands. Years later, Drew Karpyshyn (who wrote KOTOR 1 and created Revan) permanently defined the character as a man in his novel Revan.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
  • The Super Smash Bros. Dojo includes a lot of clarifying information about the storyline of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, since all the characters are Heroic Mimes.
  • The Medic from Team Fortress 2 despite have numerous allusions to the Nazis in his spoken lines and overall character, the creators have said that he is in fact not a former Nazi.
    "Medic is not a Nazi not because it’d offend people, but because it’d be too easy/lazy to slap that kind of label on him. They want a more dynamic character."
  • Undertale had fans debating whether Sans or Papyrus was the older or younger brother. While their ages have been left ambiguous, Toby Fox confirmed that Papyrus would call Sans anikinote  in a Japanese translation. This is eventually confirmed in the official Japanese translation of the game, where Papyrus calls Sans "niichan" instead, which is an affectionate term for "big brother".

Examples that need identification of the source:

If you know when or where this was said, please add that information and move the example to the section above.

  • Nasu and the Nasuverse. Most fans chose to simply ignore Nasu's official statements since the Nasuverse is complex enough as it is. It also doesn't help that officially he isn't sure if the Forest of Einasshe thing in Tsukihime is canon or just cool fluff.
  • The director of Dark Souls has provided several minor clarifications regarding the storyline, including the facts that Ceaseless Discharge is the son of the Witch of Izalith (which was heavily hinted at by the Orange Charred Ring's description), that the Pendant is totally unimportant (after some trolling on the topic), and that if Solaire survives to fight Gwyn with you, he Links the Fire in his own world.
  • In a 2008 interview, Keiji Inafune addressed various things regarding Mega Man.
    • For the first, he Jossed the "Cataclysm" theory (that Dr. Wily had Zero kill off the original cast), saying that is isn't in Zero's character.
    • Second, he confirmed that Dr. Wily came back to life through the Zero Virus.
    • An earlier example, a book called Rockman Perfect Memories confirmed that the Mega Man Legends series is indeed part of the main timeline, taking place an unknown amount of time after the other series in the franchise. That same source also confirmed that the Mega Man Battle Network and Mega Man Star Force series take place in a separate timeline.
  • According to Shu Takumi, in at least one interview, the reason the police arrested a small child for the murder of a very tall man with an arm-dislocatingly strong revolver in the third case of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is actually because Daryan was using his position to interfere with the investigation.
  • According to Shigesato Itoi, Gigue and Giygas are one and the same.
  • Undertale has brought a lot of shippers often trying to ship the character Sans with a variety of characters, the most popular of which is the character Toriel. Toby Fox would state on his Twitter in a reaction to all of these ships that Sans is far too lazy to ever commit to any relationship. This has not stopped the shippers from putting Sans with almost every cast member.