Thomas Mahler, the director behind Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps, has taken to gaming forum ResetEra to vent. He is tired of “snake oil salesmen” getting hyped up by the games press and consumers, only to fail in delivering their promises.
“It all started with Molyneux” speaking about Peter Molyneux, the British designer of Xbox exclusive Fable. Mahler then goes onto drop Sean Murray’s name into the mix, founder of Hello Games and the creator of No Man’s Sky, which has been widely criticized due to the descriptions of the game that failed to make their way into the final product. “But what happened then?” Mahler says, “they released a bunch of updates, so let’s forget about the initial lies and deception and hey, let’s actually shower him with awards again.”
Mahler’s next target is Cyberpunk 2077, the infamous game launch riddled with bugs, saying “the entire CDPR (CD Projekt Red) department took all the cues from what worked for Molyneux and Murray.”
“From the perspective of a developer, all of this just sucks. Back in 2014, I remember some journalist from some big publication telling us 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 once No Man’s Sky came out and it became clear that all this hype was really just built on lies and the honest guy who just showed his actual product really got kicked in the balls because the lying guy was able to make up some tall tales that held absolutely no substance.”
Mahler then goes on to turn his attack towards gamers and journalists, saying that they “don’t seem to mind all that much” that they’re being lied to, with games journalists in particular “happily play along” with the deception. Mahler does go onto acknowledge the tone of his venting and addresses it with “I know this whole thread might come off as me sounding bitter, I’m not. I’m Sh***ing on liars and people who are okay with openly deceiving others.”
The post has been locked in terms of replies and discussions as of an hour ago, but you can give the full thread a read here.