Review bombing is on Metacritic not uncommon and so now some anti-queer users also took the DLC from Horizon Forbidden West targeted.
There banal reason: An optional kiss between Aloy and another woman at the end of Burning Shores. Metacritic seems to have gotten fed up with the current barrage of shameless and unconstructive agitation and is giving notice for the future tougher measures according to an official statement.
Horizon Forbidden West: Metacritic is not a place of hate
The parent company Fandom explained to the colleagues from Eurogamer that the abuse of user ratings at Horizon Forbidden West-DLC of course noticed and has already actively moderated against it. So that something like this doesn’t escalate in the future, other measures are already being worked on:
“Fandom is a place of belonging for all fans, and we take online trust and safety very seriously on all our sites, including on Metacritic. Metacritic is aware of abusive and disrespectful reviews posted by Horizon Forbidden West and we have a moderation system in place to identify violations of our User Agreement.”
“Our team reviews every single report of abuse (including but not limited to racial, sexist, and homophobic slurs against other users) and if violations occur, the ratings are removed. We are in the process of developing our processes and tools to introduce stricter moderation over the next few months.”
What exactly the stricter measures should look like and how to do it current review bombing by Burning Shores, however, was not declared. The user score on Metacritic for the paid extension is currently still at one catastrophic 3.9. Maybe Metacritic will have the promised moderation by Release from the sequel to Horizon Forbidden West implemented, which was just announced.