Next to comments about fired Infinity Ward men Jason West and Vince Zampella’s bleak future, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has also replied to Tim Schafer’s remarks of late.
A quick recap: the Double Fine man called Kotick a “prick” this summer, saying the exec doesn’t need to be “as much of a dick” when it comes to turning profit. “I think there is a way he can do it without being a total prick,” were Schafer’s words. He later regretted his ‘accidental’ comments, and compared Kotick with Darth Vader instead.
Kotick’s response: “Tim Schafer. The guy comes out and says I’m a prick. I’ve never met him in my life – I’ve never had anything to do with him,” Kotick told Edge magazine, going on to say that he “never had any involvement” in Brütal Legend, a title behind much of the mud slinging.
“I never had any involvement in the Vivendi project that they were doing, Brütal Legend,” Kotick continues, “other than I was in one meeting where the guys looked at it and said, ‘He’s late, he’s missed every milestone, he’s overspent the budget and it doesn’t seem like a good game. We’re going to cancel it.”
Vivendi was set to publish Brütal Legend before the 2007 merger with Activision.
“And do you know what? That seemed like a sensible thing to do. And it turns out, he was late, he missed every milestone, the game was not a particularly good game…”
After dropping the game, Activision attempted to stop its release under publishing rival EA. An agreement was reached however, and the game ended up receiving generally favorable reviews as it launched last October; the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions currently hold 82 and 83 out of 100 average scores on Metacritic, respectively.
Kotick’s comments have already generated a response from Schafer as well; while speaking to Eurogamer today, the Double Fine man labeled Kotick’s comments as “sad” on a few levels.
“It’s sad is that instead of just insulting me personally, he goes after the product of my hard-working team – a group of people he almost put out of work a while back,” Schafer said.
“But what’s even sadder is that it took him two months to think of a comeback.”