THE LAST NIGHT
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.