Sony Santa Monica creative director Cory Barlog has taken to Twitter to make a plea to the gaming community to start treating game developers better.Sony was heavily speculated to have been announcing a release date for God of War Ragnarök today – this ultimately didn’t happen, leading some of the game’s developers to reportedly receive abuse from people online.One female developer tweeted that some users had been sending her unsolicited, explicit images and asking her for the game’s release date, to which Barlog replied: “Are you fucking kidding me with this now?”Demanding that nobody should send explicit images to anyone in the industry, he added: “They are busting their ass to make some[thing] for you to enjoy.
Show some fucking respect.”Later, after retweeting the news that Return to Monkey Island director Ron Gilbert will no longer be posting about the game because of online abuse, Barlog again expressed his wish for the community to behave more respectfully.Replying to a follower who said they blamed the journalists and insiders who had claimed the date reveal would be today, Barlog replied: “Don’t.
The answer is not to find someone to blame or focus hate on.“Maybe just pay it forward and treat the people that make the things we love with some human decency and respect.
This is not a battle, we are not at war. We are just trying to make and enjoy things together.”Barlog’s tweet was commended by head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, who replied: “So well said Cory.Read more on videogameschronicle.com