Harmonix Admits to Positive Rock Band 4 Reviews on Amazon, Doesn’t “Believe These Are Appropriate Actions”

Yesterday, Reddit user Camera9 discovered that certain members of Rock Band 4 developer Harmonix left positive 5-star reviews for the game on Amazon, prompting the company to issue this statement:

Harmonix has clarified its internal policy about posting reviews of our own products on retail sites, and we’ve asked that existing reviews be edited to identify Harmonix employees or be removed entirely. While we believe the reviews posted by a few employees were sincere and without ill intentions, as a studio we don’t believe these are appropriate actions. We appreciate the feedback from the community, and take our relationship with our fans seriously.

Some of the reviews in question come from Harmonix staff members Matthew Nordhaus, Jayne Tan, and Chris Foster, as Destructoid highlighted:


In an update to his review, Nordhaus said:

I added this review half in jest (as you might be able to tell from the tone of the original). In hindsight, it’s probably important that I note that I worked on the game and work for Harmonix. That being said, I’m confident that if I didn’t I would still give the game five stars. It’s a beautiful, peaceful, cooperative game, rare enough already in today’s landscape, that I can play with my wife and kids. Music discovery, playing with your family and friends, and cooperation make Rock Band my favorite.

What do you think of Rock Band 4 so far?

[Source: Amazon via Reddit, Destructoid]