When it comes to the recent negativity towards consumers in the industry, I have to say IO and Warner Bros are a breath of fresh air. For those who dont know, some fans of games like Fortnite (Epic Games), Battlefield (EA), World of Warcraft/Overwatch (Blizzard Ent.), and now most (very) recently Fallout76 (Bethesda); these titles in particular have had bad reports in the recent 2-3 years pertaining to their (relevant) publishers harshly or unjustly treating of their customers (us the players).
This post was sparked after hearing about the interactive map ‘Map76’ creator being permabanned by Bethesda for data mining (confirming and reporting bugs to the devs in their obscure forums. Something which i myself like to do in Hitman to help the game and the community). Hitman also has an interactive map website which is appreciated by both fan and creator, thus I hope WB’s/IO’s current integrity is maintained.
YongYea coverage: https://youtu.be/PPabZ3vcqmc
I myself have been primarily a Battlefield (EA/DICE) dedicated fan until CCO Patrick Soderland publicly stated “If you dont like it, Dont buy it” after calling us veteran BF players uneducated as well (regarding BFV reveal). Which is what we did
Regarding World of Warcraft, I myself was unjustly banned by Blizzard Ent 6 years ago for a very similar situation where my own data mining, despite only trying to help them with crucial aspects they were working on. Other notable recent instances of unfair or unjust anti-consumerism: Blitzchung (pertaining to Hearthstone/Blizzard) and FaZe Jarvis (pertaining to Fortnite/ Epic Games).
Then theres the infestation of Political Correctness, microtransactions and loot boxes (aka unregulated virtual gambling) which has consumed the most modern popular (mostly multiplayer-oriented) franchises; issues which are purely anti-consumer yet endorsed by the most popular titles still relevant in some way today. Yet Warner Bros’ Hitman shines in those aspects as well by not caving in like competitors; avoiding game-altering characteristics for (undeserving) potential profit increase rather than consumer satisfaction, which avid gamers truly appreciate.
IO / Warner Bros dont lie to us consumers; they dont mislead fans in trailers/misadvertise/alter structures of games to fit narratives; welcoming & accepting of player feedback. They appreciate their fan base and in return we appreciate them.
IO/Warner Bros, I feel gratitude and respect is due for your apparent pro-consumer morality, particularly regarding the Hitman episodic reboot. While your competition is selling out their morals and trashing their most celebrated consumers, IO / WB on the other hand make us feel more… involved; our feedback does seem to be heard (if not always acted upon of course but at least heard without scrutiny). Nothing is perfect in life, but that doesnt mean we shouldnt strive for perfection in everything we do, and to reject such an idea is what your competitors are now negatively experiencing either financially or otherwise ethically.
THANK YOU, Warner Bros & IO; I hope you continue to uphold your fundamental principles with all future endeavors.
~Cerberus x47 (Xbox)