Just last week, Crytek set the internet ablaze with its recent comments regarding their approval of anti-used game consoles, going so far as to say that they’d be “absolutely awesome.” The developer has since gone back on the controversial statement, saying that it “was not intended to be taken seriously.”
During their initial interview with CVG, studio director Rasmus Hojengaard was asked about what he would like to see from the next generation of consoles, to which he replied:
From a business perspective that would be absolutely awesome. It’s weird that [second-hand] is still allowed because it doesn’t work like that in any other software industries, so it would be great if they could somehow fix that issue as well.
Naturally, these comments infuriated a large portion of the gaming community, as the issue of blocking used-games has quickly become one of the biggest hot-button topics in the industry. In an effort to do a bit of damage control, Hojengaard issued a followup statement, saying:
My comment made in the interview released on the 24th of April, touching upon ‘blocking sales of used games’, was not intended to be taken seriously nor representative of the opinion of Crytek.
Make of that what you will, but bear in mind that there is truth behind every comment.