An alleged and anonymous Obsidian developer has blasted his company's latest RPG, Alpha Protocol, barking on the internet that the game 'should've been cancelled'.
Posting in the comments section of Joystiq's Alpha Protocol review (which calls the game "a technical nightmare"), the anonymous Obsidian man - known only as 'a tired dev' - backs up the US site's negative comments.
"I worked on this game (a fact of which I am not proud). I'm not here to defend it; I agree with all these reviews," the post reads.
"The Executive Producer for the game, Chris Parker (also an owner of the company), seemed to think he was the world's greatest designer ever, and created all these absolutely shitty systems and wouldn't listen to any of the real designers or devs about things that just didn't work.
"And you can't exactly argue with one of the owners of the company when he doesn't want to listen. He basically took over the game and dictated exactly how everything would work (or not work, as the case may be).
"Sega also was a factor, because they kept changing the design requirements (yes they had heavy influence there), which never gave the producers and designers time to actually decide on one set of features to make and polish."
The angry rant continues, with the illusive man admitting that the blame for the game's poor end form (it currently carries a Metacritic rating of 65) is mostly Obsidian's, because "the execution was absolutely terrible, and it was obvious 2 years ago that this game should have been scrapped." Ouch.
The pain continues: This game was just an absolute failure of production, and it's no wonder that so many of the developers left the company, even after the 40% staff layoffs," he or she said. "Sega should have cancelled AP instead of Aliens."
It's not all rain clouds and sad faces though, as Mr. Tired Dev reckons he's happy about "some of Obsidian's other current projects, New Vegas included, because they are going pretty well."
He adds: "Their big unannounced project is looking great and is already much better than AP ever was, and that may end up being the game that everyone was looking for with AP."
When contacted, Sega UK expectedly gave us a "no comment".