If you wondered what was going on behind the scenes of Red 5 Studios
turbulent past year, then a new exposé on Game Front
might illuminate you.
Anonymous former employees of the Firefall
studio allegedly came forward to spill the beans about mass layoffs, questionable decisions, and ex-CEO Mark Kern's
erratic behavior. One person said that Kern's constantly shifting decisions caused severe stress on the team: "Months of work would be thrown out simply because he would change his mind, or he would have another 'revolutionary' idea."
Another anonymous ex-staffer said that Kern was worse than that: "When he did get involved in the production of the game itself he was simply destructive. He would swoop in one afternoon and berate a series of features several teams had spent months on, declaring they begin again and LISTEN to what he told them to do. He'd be back in a few days to see if it was done. This crushed morale, and forced people into spontaneous, isolated crunch mode. He would shout and scream his perspectives."
[Thanks to Dengar for the tip! Part three
of the expose is now live as well.]