‘Ori’ director criticises developers of ‘Cyberpunk’ and ‘No Man’s Sky’, later apologises


‘Ori’ director criticises developers of ‘Cyberpunk’ and ‘No Man’s Sky’, later apologises

Thomas Mahler, game director for Ori and the Blind Forest, and CEO of Moon Studios, took to popular game forum Resetera to express frustration at deceptive marketing practices.

Mahler’s post criticised Steven Molyenux, CDProjekt Red and Sean Murray, who he called “snake oil salesmen” for the promises they made when promoting their games to the public.

Of Molyneux, developer of games such as Black and White and Fable, Mahler said: “It took him to release some pretty damn shoddy games for press and gamers to finally not listen to the lies anymore.”


He next criticised Sean Murray, director of No Man’s Sky, who he said “hyped up the Multiplayer that didn’t even exist and was all too happy to let people think that No Man’s Sky was ‘Minecraft in Space’, where you could literally do everything.”

Finally, he said that CD Project Red’s PR Department “took all the cues from what worked  for Molyneux and Murray and just went completely apeshit with it” and continued to say “They stopped just short of outright saying that this thing would cure cancer. ”

Mahler said that he had suffered personally as a developer, from the way the press handled these claims, saying that “Ori almost got the cover article of some magazine I read frequently, but ultimately they had to pick No Man’s Sky cause it was the ‘bigger game’.

“I really felt bamboozled” he continued, “once No Man’s Sky came out and it became clear that all this hype was really just built on lies”.

The post generated a lot of discussion, with Mahler facing a lot of criticism, before ultimately being locked by the moderators at Resetera.


Mahler took to Twitter yesterday (February 4) to apologise, saying that he had “screwed up” and that he “wasn’t thoughtful  in the ways [he] presented [his] thoughts.”

Mahler concluded his statement with the following: “I am really sorry, especially to those that I mentioned by name. I promise that I’ll learn form this mistake and wish no hard feelings towards anybody.”

Published at Fri, 05 Feb 2021 17:17:34 +0000

ZeniMax CEO Robert A. Altman has died, age 73

Robert A. Altman, the co-founder and CEO of ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda, has aged 73.

Born in 1947, Altman set up ZeniMax Media in 1999 alongside Bethesda founder Christopher Weaver. Altman later took over as its sole boss.

ZeniMax published a statement on Thursday (February 4) through Bethesda’s Twitter account.

“We are deeply saddened to tell you of the passing of Robert A. Altman, our Founder and CEO,” the message said.

“He was a true visionary, friend, and believer in the spirit of people and the power of what they could accomplish together. He was an extraordinary leader, and an even better human being.”

Also included was an email sent out to all staff by Altman during the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the weekly emails Altman sent out during the pandemic to keep spirits high.

Bethesda also linked to a letter written by Altman’s son, James, who wrote: “One of Robert’s most defining personal qualities was how much he always looked out for people, and cared for them.

“I find it fitting that Robert’s final great professional accomplishment – in a long career of professional accomplishments – was to make a deal to be acquired by Microsoft.” he continued. “I can’t think of a better home than Microsoft. And all the more fitting that we will soon be working for Phil Spencer, of course, yet another of Robert’s close friends and a man Robert regularly described as one of the greatest minds in our industry.”

Amongst the people to pay tribute to Altman was Microsoft’s CEO Satya and Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, who posted messages on Twitter.

Satya said that it was a “sad moment for the games industry” and that “my heart goes out to his family, loved ones, and colleagues.”

Published at Fri, 05 Feb 2021 14:34:48 +0000



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