Wired has up an interview with Blacksite: Area 51
's lead designer Harvey Smith. Smith is well known for his work on great games like Deus Ex
and System Shock
, but his latest title is getting a lot of negative press
. In the interview, Smith as much as admits the team failed in their quest
to make a great game. "'We got hammered so hard [by reviewers], and we deserved it ... Everyone was forced to share tech. It took eight months to get one thing working.' He wouldn't specify what that one thing was, but did note that technical problems set the team back, time and time again. Another of Smith's complaints was 'the fact that we had four days to Orange Box something,' meaning to fix and polish a level. Smith called this 'completely reprehensible.'"
Kind of shocking to see this kind of honesty from the games industry.