The people behind the game’s version XIII apologized for the state of the game.
The remake of XIII, a classic 2003 cel-shaded first-person shooter, launched this week and it wasn’t long before you saw a “very negative” rating of Steam users.
Character designs vary significantly, and there has been criticism of how the game’s iconic color shading has changed. Screenshots from the game show several bugs in the launch version, such as a missing animation that sees you go to an enemy and then fall to the ground, or projectiles apparently cut off models while still hitting them.
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In a joint statement, developer PlayMagic and publisher Microids admitted that the highly criticized new version fell short of expectations, and blamed the coronavirus pandemic for development problems.
“Unfortunately, the players’ expectations for the launch release have not been met and we are hearing loud and clear legitimate criticism and disappointment,” they said.
“First and foremost, we would like to offer our sincerest apologies for the game’s technical issues. In its current state, XIII does not meet our quality standards and we fully understand the players’ frustrations. The epidemic has affected game production on several levels. The shift to home work for teams has resulted in Adding unexpected delays to the development schedule and the quality assurance process. We had hoped that we could provide the first day patch to fix all issues but developing this update is taking longer than expected.
PlayMagic is working to change things now, although the damage may already be done.
“We want to assure you that PlayMagic is working hard to solve all problems of the game,” the statement continues.
“With live monitoring and multiple corrections in the coming days and weeks, we hope to reach the level of quality we all expect for the best gaming experience.”
The first update will be released soon and aims to fix urgent issues with controls, frame rate, collisions, display, and audio. Work is underway on a roadmap that will reveal free content that is due at some point, including new levels, weapons, skins, and modes for local multiplayer.
The statement concluded by saying: “We aim to satisfy all XIII fans and will work tirelessly to achieve our goal.”