“The First We’d Heard of It,” Producer Says
If this doesn’t prove there is a serious communication issue within Sega’s chain of command, nothing will. After news broke yesterday concerning the fate of Anarchy Reigns in the West, Platinum Games executive director and producer Atsushi Inaba took to his Twitter account and claimed the developer was never told about the game’s fate.
“Today’s Q1 2013 release news was the first we’d heard of it,” Inaba said. “Even if we wanted to, we can’t comment as we’re (still) in the dark officially.”
Despite that remark, Inaba assured fans the game’s International version will remain the same as it is in Japan, and also noted the game’s Japanese release date of July 5th hasn’t changed.
“I want to sincerely apologize to all the fans worldwide for all the confusion this situation has caused,” Inaba continued. “Even though we are the game’s developers, we can only do so much about this…However, we hope you can continue to support Anarchy Reigns and look forward to playing it with us in the future. Thank you.”
These are the types of situations that can damage publisher-developer relationships if either side is not careful. Though we may not hear about the game proper for a little while, it appears the drama surrounding it has only started to ferment.