Every new console generally has that one game that all of your friends tell you to avoid, and for the PS4, that award went to Basement Crawl. It’s basically a horror-themed Bomberman clone, but the overall lack of a tutorial or single player experience combined with craptastically unstable online play made Basement Crawl the complete opposite of fun.
Bloober Team, the developer responsible for the game, has recently come out and apologized to fans who have purchased Basement Crawl in its current state, calling it “a mess for both you and us.” Where most developers would go for a quick-fix patch, or just abandon the project altogether, Bloober Team wants to regain the trust of the gaming public by taking it one step further.
In an interview with GameSpot, Bloober Team‘s Marc Callhoun had this to say along with his apology:
“Usually, what you will see at this point is a lot of marketing talk and maybe a patch. Rather than accepting defeat on this and issuing a patch that kinda fixes this or kinda improves that, we have decided to just come out and explain to you where we are right now and what we plan to do. We have been rebuilding the game, completely from scratch and on a new engine.”
So rather than give up or patch a few aspects of Basement Crawl, Bloober Team has gone back to the drawing board to rebuild the game from the ground up on a brand new engine. Those of you unfortunate enough to have purchased Basement Crawl at launch will receive the update for free when it becomes available, but there is no release window at this time.
I’m impressed that Bloober Team came right out and admitted they basically released a terrible game and want to make amends with their consumers, as that says a lot about them as a game developer. Plus, on the bright side, at least Basement Crawl isn’t the lowest ranked current-gen game. That honor belongs to the Xbox One‘s Fighter Within, scoring a dismal 23/100 on Metacritic to Basement Crawl‘s 27/100.
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