Alex Hutchinson, the new Lead Designer/Creative Director for Assassin's Creed starting with III, keeps saying some quite controversial things:
- First he said that fans of the Assassin's Creed series point out some of the worst settings for future AC games (which definitely did not give him a good start with the fan base).
- The first news-worthy one I saw was when he said western developers are treated worse than Japanese developers as journalists are too soft on Japanese games and let them get away with worse stories (while at the same time implying that videogame journalists are mildly racist).
- Then he said that he thinks of similarities between AC, Resident Evil and Mario; basically saying that his aim is to make sure Assassin's Creed becomes a long running primarily-annual series (which he outright said later when he defended yearly franchises).
- The next thing I saw was when he said that developers who put Easy modes in games are actively making bad games.
- And now he is saying that Triple-A games are dying.
Regardless of to what degree he is right with this stuff, shouldn't he just lay low until ACIII comes out? He already has to prove to the fans of that series that he is a worthy successor to continue the series with (one that is made extra big of a step for him to overcome by entering a completely different timeline and setting at the same time). Every time he says one of these things it leaves me with a little sickening feeling that makes me want to take a step back from the Assassin's Creed franchise. What do you think? Is it ok for someone to take such a prominent role and - before he has proven that he can handle the role - start asking some pretty big questions of the industry? Does it bother you that he is almost acting as if he has a much better opinion on how the entire videogame industry works, and implies that there is a right way to develop games?
It isn't a big thing for me and ultimately the game will speak for itself but it does put me off when the biggest news stories I see almost every week about this game is instead about a completely different topic which a Creative Director on Assassin's Creed III happened to talk about.