Chivalry 2 co-dev Shipwright cuts ties with Tripwire over Texas abortion law views

Chivalry 2 co-dev Shipwright cuts ties with Tripwire over Texas abortion law views

Game developer Shipwright Studios has cancelled its contracts with Chivalry 2 publisher Tripwire Interactive.

This came in the wake of the latter's boss, John Gibson, tweeting his support for United States Supreme Court's ruling that allowed a controversial Texan abortion law that prevents medical professionals from terminating pregnancies when a fetal heartbeat is detected. This is at around the six-week mark, which is before most women realise they are even pregnant in the first place.

Even stranger is citizens being allowed to sue abortion providers who conduct terminations in violation of the ban – all with the lure of receiving $10,000 if they win the lawsuit.

Shipwright replied to Gibson's tweet saying that it "cannot in good conscience continue to work with Tripwire" while he is still the company's president. The studio co-developed Chivalry 2, which was released in June of this year.

The game's developer, Torn Banner Studios, has also put out a statement saying that Gibson's views are not shared by the developer and that they stand "in opposition to what we believe about women's rights."

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