Last week, the state of Peter Molyneux's Kickstarted Godus was a hot point of contention. The game has failed to come together in the way that he had promised, leaving many backers angry at the game's progress. After a series of trying interviews, Molyneux said he wasn't going to talk to the press ever again out of a fear of promising so much and disappointing fans.
Another prominent face in game development who used Kickstarter to fund their latest game, Tim Schafer has now come out in support of Molyneux. During an update video (via Gamespot) for fans about Broken Age: Part 2, Schafer addressed the grueling questioning Molyneux has faced. You can see that video here.
If you just want the cliff notes, here is what Schafer had to say:
I'd like to send our support to our friend and fellow developer Peter Molyneux. In the last few weeks we've seen some extremely rough treatment of Peter on the Internet and from 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 Peter, and I can really relate to that. I'm not saying that developers like Peter and I shouldn't be held accountable for deadlines, I'm just saying the reaction to recent events, and the tone of their reaction, is really way out of proportion to the seriousness of the events themselves. The problems that Peter is having [with his game] are not unique to him, in fact they happen on many, if not most projects.
I still think this is an incredibly complex issue from all angles. Molyneux has certainly received rough treatment, but his game is failing to produce as promised. People are not entitled to anything if a Kickstarter goes awry, but that doesn't mean people can't be annoyed. I genuinely feel for Molyneux, but I also genuinely feel for those who have feel wronged by the Kickstater. This thing is a mess, with no winners. I hope all parties reach some kind of satisfaction in the end, but at this point, I don't really see how that's possible.