Tim Schafer, founder of Double Fine Productions, just issued a new update for Double Fine’s Kickstarter-backed game Broken Age and offered his support to Peter Molyneux, calling the recent backlash to Molyneux over Godus “extremely rough.”
Like Schafer, Molyneux and his studio, 22 Cans, turned to Kickstarter to fund their game, but in the last week, Molyneux has come under intense scrutiny from the press and from fans over the beleaguered development of the game that ended with Molyneux claiming to withdraw completely from the press in the future. Schafer ended his Broken Age update with a comment on the controversy:
“In the last few weeks we’ve seen some extremely rough treatment of [Molyneux] on the Internet and in the games press, and I think it’s really unfortunate and unfair, and I don’t think it’s healthy. Obviously, things did not go as expected with his game and because of that, people are making some nasty accusations about [Molyneux], and I can really relate to that, believe it or not.
“But I’m not saying that developers like [Molyneux] and I shouldn’t be responsible and accountable to deadlines. I’m just saying the reaction to recent events and the tone of that reaction is really way out of proportion to the seriousness of the events themselves.
“Out of the many goals of this documentary that we’re making [about the development of Broken Age] is to show actual game development and show that developers are human beings; and it’s clear that the problems that [Molyneux] is having [with Godus] are not unique to him.
“In fact, they happen on many or most projects, and I hope if we keep doing what we’re doing and stay transparent and keep involving players with development that more and more people will start to see the process and understand how games are made, what goes into them, the effort and the expense, and why game production often goes the way it does.
“In knowing what goes into the games they play, I think players will enjoy playing them even more.”