Kotaku reports that the SWAT-inspired tactical first-person shooter ready or Not From Void Interactive is separating from its publisher, Team17. The separation comes after a controversial response from the team to a Reddit post asking if zero would be placed at the school shooting level in a future update. The response was “you better believe this is going to happen”.
The reason for the split was all but steam after news of this backlash and Zero made a statement to diffuse the situation.
Worth noting is the mention of reminding team members to treat sensitive topics with care: “We have recently been told some team members about the care needed in discussing this material now and continuously. I have to be reminded.” This statement is the closest I can get to admitting someone messed up the team. The statement also reiterates how it is working closely with law enforcement to ensure the game is treated as genuine and as possible. Given that many people’s relationships with the police have become more and more controversial, it can be argued that the whole concept of the game is sinister. Add to this the added trauma of the United States school shooting epidemic and you have an explosive set of subjects that will fail even the most caring people with them.
Ready or Not was announced several years ago and was picked up by Team 17 last March, along with an early access stint on Steam announcing a release date. This was the same formula that Team 17 used for their second squad shooter, Hell Let Loose. Now future plans for the game are in doubt, although Zero is confident it can forge a path on its own.