So you think the team behind Battlefield, or Call of Duty, or Apex, or Fortnite, or any other modern popular multiplayer game are the top players of that game? C'mon now.
As for how you're going to be on a team and not find or make time to play as many hours of the game as our top players being "lazy and pathetic" that's so incredibly shortsighted it's unreal. I spend somewhere in the range of 60-75 hours a week just reading and reporting on the community side of things as well as the other core functions of my job here at Gun, as well as maintaining a home life with my wife and 3 year old daughter. Between those things, I don't have the same amount of time to commit to ALL games as some of the top tier players have committed to JUST F13.
NONE of that, however, is an indication of a "lack of testing" as we have a dedicated test partner whose core function of THEIR job IS testing. And on top of that, we've adjusted our build check processes to add an extra layer of redundancy to verify builds. This is part of how we were able to diagnose a few related, but unreported issues with similar slingshot methods like the bear trap one. The team is working through them as we find them as well.
As for the reports and videos, I share an office space with the folks who review those reports and can tell you that do view them, document them, and follow up on them. In all of the gaming industry, there are reporting options for players. This isn't unique to Gun because we're "lazy and pathetic" it's all studios that have support sites. It's ludicrous to think that because we have a site with options for the player base to report things they uncover in game that we are passing the buck off to players. EVERY SINGLE STUDIO will tell you that the community will always inevitably find something that the team missed in game, a bug or break not found by testing.
As for bunny suits and emotes, yes. It's a liberty taken. Put those on one side of the scale and all the 1:1 elements from the franchise on the other.
And no, the counselors aren't from the films. Only using counselors we could secure likeness rights to would drastically limit the amount of counselors we could have in game. Calling liberties taken to actually create gameplay elements and calling them lazy is again short sighted. A game needs gameplay mechanics, and that means having to go off script in some places.
And lastly, "took the money and ran"? Are there not still dedicated servers? Am I not still here answering you on a forum? Are we not still working on the game? You can argue and question the details like patch issues and frequency, but the word itself "ran" indicates abandoned. That's an entirely false narrative.
You might see this as bickering, but I don't. Still, I find it odd that you argue that we've abandoned the game, then get upset when I reply to provide the developers side of things. If this type of communication is not acceptable for you, then I would ask that you keep the comments to something constructive and rooted in facts. No conspiracies, assumptions, speculations, or unfounded opinions. Then we can have a dialogue free of all differing opinions and work only off of facts. Comparing Friday the 13th: The Game to Street Fighter was honest and reasonable criticism that I should have addressed differently? Or was it acting as if we have brought shame to the franchise by having a few laughs while playing?
What I see is a team working their best within the confines we find ourselves in to still try and hold up this title, despite the strict cease of all new content. I also think that if you think about it for a minute, you'll see that there are not a lot of studios that would do this without the potential for a revenue stream generated by new content. We're past the one year mark since our End of Content post went up on these forums. Now I don't expect high fives, but I think the fact that these forums even still exist is evidence to the contrary of the "take the money and run" narrative. Are we working with a much smaller team than we would if we had the content plans still rolling along, I don't know. I can say it's what we can do. And we're still here, doing our best with it. There are people in this community that see that. And I'm going to continue posting here and trying to help as best I can, for them. I'm also going to continue to reply to the false narratives and misinformation because that is literally not helping anyone.
If our live stream upset you that badly, I'm not sure what to say. We're going to keep having fun in game, bunny suit and all.
I'll be doing the Poppin' Robot on Switch in August. Hope to see you in camp.