Respawn Responds To Claims That It’s Bribing The Press For Titanfall Coverage
Titanfall has been the center of massive hype, especially because it’s considered to be a console-seller for Microsoft’s Xbox One. It’s especially been getting tons of press and praise from the media.
As expected, this has led to accusations of bribery. You know, if a reviewer likes the game it was because he was paid off. You see that all the time.
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Respawn Entertainment’s Drew McCoy, however, is far from happy about it, and he took to NeoGAF to respond to the bribery claims.
He said, “Anyone who thinks we weren’t living in the shadow of decade+ old established franchises at our reveal at E3 are as crazy as their conspiracy theories of anyone getting paid off.
“We’ve had to fight tooth and nail to have a game that anyone would even know existed, let alone be excited for and want to create coverage of. I get it that its not for everyone, but to say we’re paying anyone off is downright insanity. Not to mention the height of insulting.”
You all know how the internet works. If you like a game you were bought off, and if you rate it poorly then you’re a troll for not conforming. You can’t win on the internet.
I think what will help is finding a middle ground. Better communication between developers and the community is a good start. If there are good relationships, there will be lots more positive energy.
It’s an unfortunate thing that the gaming industry is still evolving, and has far from reached the desired level of maturity yet. That will continue to take time.
In fairness, it’s not outrageous to accuse of bribery, even if it has no grounds at all. There exists a distrust from gamers towards big press – which has stemmed from tons of bad practices.
That doesn’t make the gamers right. I’m just saying there are grounds. And it’s just unfortunate that Respawn, who seem like a genuinely good group (that alliteration) of people, are getting caught up. It’s most likely the Microsoft and EA associations that are just not playing in their favour here.
At the heart of it though, Respawn’s primary objective should be to make the best game they can.
I would advise keeping up a constant channel of communication with their fans, just to show that they care. Even if it’s an illusion or PR or whatever cynical interpretation there is available, it’s better for the fans who matter.
This for me is a case where past wounds just make it very hard to not be cynical or skeptical.