With the release of Red Dead Redemption from Rockstar coming up (hopefully) in April, the west coast developer has seen some unfortunate slander against the house by its own employees. Beginning with the spouses of the game designers, the International Game Developers Association gave their stance on the situation. At last, Rockstar has spoke out about the situation.
“We’re saddened if any former members of any studio did not find their time here enjoyable or creatively fulfilling and wish them well with finding an environment more suitable to their temperaments and needs, but the vast majority of our company are focused solely on delivering cutting edge interactive entertainment… We’ve always cared passionately about the people working here, and have always tried to maintain a supportive creative environment. There is simply no way Rockstar could continue to produce such large scale, high quality games without this. That being said, making great games is very challenging, which is why we have and will continue to try to keep hold of some of the best talent in the industry and support them in every way we can.”
As for the magnitude of the situation at hand, the publishing development house pits the blame on the internet.
“As for the stories spreading around the internet, yes we have noticed them. Unfortunately, this is a case of people taking the opinions of a few anonymous posters on message boards as fact.
In any case, hopefully this debacle has at last been laid to rest and Rockstar is back to working on its promising line-up of upcoming titles.