De­vel­oper/pub­lisher Odd Tales For­mat PC, Xbox One Re­lease 2018


This gave E3 2017 its Milk­shake Duck mo­ment, af­ter an eye-catch­ing an­nounce­ment trailer turned heads across the in­dus­try, only to turn stom­achs within min­utes af­ter its co-creator’s an­tifem­i­nist be­liefs were shared on so­cial me­dia. By the time at­ten­dees of Mi­crosoft’s E3 con­fer­ence had emerged from the arena, the In­ter­net had al­ready re­gret­ted to in­form them that The Last

Night, for all its neon-lit, pixel-art beauty, was a prob­lem. Creators can be­lieve what they want, of course, but when their con­tro­ver­sial per­sonal pol­i­tics in­form a game’s core con­cept, you can ex­pect peo­ple to turn away in their droves – and that’s pre­cisely what’s hap­pened to a game that takes pro­gres­sivism hav­ing ‘won’ as its dystopian jump­ing-off point. For what it’s worth, di­rec­tor Tim Sorets has dis­tanced him­self from views he says he no longer holds – a Mi­crosoft cheque can do won­ders for sand­ing off the rough edges, we hear.

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