Game news The Callisto Protocol: the horror game at the center of a great buzz, explanations
As promising as The Callisto Protocol is, that doesn’t stop it from ending up in a controversy that has been affecting the video game industry for some time: crunch culture. The game director rightly praised him before opting for the coaster.
Striking Distance could be a brand new AAA studio and The Callisto Protocol its brand new game, builds on the great experience of Glen Schofield: the man behind the Dead Space saga and later co-founder of Sledgehammer Games to work on various Call of Duty. In short, large-scale projects and large team management, everyone knows.
A talented video game director whose last words did not go unnoticed: on Twitter, the American highlighted the crunch culture of his workforce. Recall that the crunch is simply the fact of working a lot, far beyond what seems correct and under the pressure of the hierarchy to complete a project on time and in the best possible way. Management methods that have been questioned for several years.
We work 6-7 days a week, nobody forces us. The tiredness, the fatigue, the Covid are there but we are working. Information on bugs, glitches, fixes. (…) Days of 12-15 hours. It’s the video game. We work hard. During lunches, dinners. You do it because you like it.
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Words that have remained in the throats of many Internet users, including some well-known personalities in the industry. Famous Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier, who previously uncovered crunch scandals through the investigation, commented on the situation on Twitter.
This, coming from a head of study, is the very definition of crunch culture. Of course, no one is “forced” to work crazy hours. But do you imagine the reduced bonuses and promotion opportunities disappearing if you don’t? “You do it because you like it.” It is passion transformed into a weapon of pressure. This is why people run out of video games.
This, from a studio head, is called crunch culture. Obviously no one is “forced” to work crazy hours. But imagine the reduced bonuses and lack of promotion opportunities if you don’t? “You do it because you love him.” Armed passion. This is why people run out of games pic.twitter.com/seyE7tkPuf
—Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) September 3, 2022
Faced with the ugly buzz, Glen Schofield then returned to his remarks. He first deleted his tweet and apologized, along with an excuse.
Anyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about the people I work with. I previously tweeted how proud I was of the effort and hours the team put into it. He was clumsy. We value passion and creativity, not long hours. I’m sorry that the team looks like one.
Anyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about the people I work with. I previously tweeted how proud I was of the effort and hours the team was putting into it. It was wrong. We value passion and creativity, not long hours. I’m sorry for the team for stumbling upon this way.
– Glen A. Schofield (@GlenSchofield) September 3, 2022
The Callisto Protocol will still be released on December 2nd on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series and Xbox One.
Pre-order The Callisto Protocol for € 59.99 on PS5 at E.Leclerc
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Pre-order The Callisto Protocol for € 59.99 on Xbox One at E.Leclerc
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