Good point. That would be entitled thinking. He wasn't fired. I mean, it's not as if IOI asked him to go to an LA-based casting agency and audition for the part. And even if they had, they never told him he had the part. Oh, wait...
This effects that he is a contracted freelance voice actor how? Oh wait, it guarantees he wasn't fired because you can't be fired without cause... so he still wasn't fired he just got to see the artwork and signed a non-disclosure agreement - which many people who are considered for parts in games, movies, etc have to do because they need to know what the job is going to be before they can say if they can do it or
You responded to a couple people so I'm not sure if I'm supposed to be defending Dev J Chand or Hitman_47x, but no matter. I'm not gonna defend either of them. You're absolutely right. Neither of them meet criteria 3. Neither of them are generally supportive of IOI, Square Enix,etc.
It's good to know that you to respond to things without taking the time to scroll up to see what you're replying to and would rather fish around for quotes unrelated to the statement to try to put context spin on things. It means I can safely disregard what you're saying.
They are owning a conversation. Several, actually. But not ones that control any of the damage that rampant speculation is causing. If you think HMF is the only place talking about it, a quick Google search should tell you otherwise.
Googled "Hitman Absolution" and only mentions of Bateson are one line of Wikipedia (which one of the references points to Hitmanforum... Hi Mom!), one fan hosted promo video that links to the petition and two comments - one on a video and one on an article. So 70% of the links on the front page have no mention of him at all and the links that have a mention of him are brief. None of the major media, commentators or promoters are concerned. I certainly didn't read about it on Penny Arcade or see a news article pop up about it.
Duke Nukem Forever's low ratings was a PR disaster (as was the PR company's threatening reviewers) is a PR disaster.
Vampire: Redemption being unable to finish without cheats or a patch, then having the first patch released by a fan rather than the developer, was a PR disaster.
This is just an inconvenience. Much like the controversy with advertising and alarmist parents groups that Blood Money had.
So I should assume that IOI doesn't have a good answer? I guess I have more faith in them than you do. And poisoning babies isn't a prerequisite to have a bona fide PR disaster. Remember United Breaks Guitars? Granted, even this is (arguably) more severe than the Bateson situation, but it's not exactly of oil leak proportions either.
No actually I didn't know about United Breaks Guitars. I did have a look at the United wikipedia entry... and well lets say that incident was the least of their worries. Also, you didn't seem to notice what the common factor in PR disaster is vocal victims.
David's not going to be a vocal victim, it'd be unprofessional and would jeopardise his chances of getting future work. Fans who are crying that they don't get the voice actor they want are rather vocal but are apparently not making much of an impact since there's only about 2,358 signatures (including mine) which is a little more than 1% of total X-Box sales of Blood Money in the first ten weeks (sauce
And quite a few people who've signed the petition have already said they'll buy the game anyway. So in terms of PR problems this is pretty mild and looks to the world more obsessive fanboys than an actual offense by the creators.
Didn't know I was still in the running to win this contest. To be honest, any of the answers you gave would be better than silence if, for no other reason, they would end the speculation and salacious accusations thrown around by those who are simply guessing at what caused him to be replaced in the first place. Are any of those worst-case-scenario conversations you concocted worse than the conversations right now? They're each a fundamental improvement, if you ask me. I'm not going to play the guessing game and try to come up with some statement for them because I have no idea what the facts are. If you want to make up some story behind Bateson's departure and post it here, go ahead and I'll spin it for you and we'll see how things go.
So now you're completely contradicting the poster that you originally defended who complained he wanted "the truth". Now you're saying that they should completely spin out things and try to deceive people into thinking it's good.
Now, I'm not a PR expert but y'know what.... this is pretty much a terrible idea as far as I can see for a few reasons:
1. It spreads the news of swapping out voice actors to a wider audience, thus selling up that it's less authentic as a sequel to the previous games any way you cut it.
2. It attracts press attention to David, who is either going to have to tell them no comment or have his say... or have to explain the information on his responses that reporters find through searching archives, paying people for a copy of his emails, etc
3. It takes the focus of the game's selling points like the new technologies, artwork, story, etc
4. It creates spin, which is puzzles for fanatics to unravel, twist and analyse.
Versus now, when all we have is a small percentage of the old fan base who are angsting over it and have no information to analyse, elaborate on and no fresh news on it.
You're right. No one wants to talk about things you want to see in the new game. Oh, wait...
Is this one of your attempts to show how you can spin things? Because it's not going to go well.
They're building steam for an upcoming game, the conversation should have the audience looking only one way: Forward.
You don't accomplish that by talking about a things you like from the previous games that are not going to be in the new game.
You will notice two things about the Wishlist.
It is for posting ideas about things that are not in Hitman games but people would like to see in upcoming games.
It is not for talking about features that were in previous games and won't be in upcoming games.
So, since you tried to change the topic without addressing it. We can safely say you agree with me and how they're handling the Bateson situation.
Isn't that wonderful?