In unfortunate news breaking today, Martin Edmondson, founder and managing and creative director of troubled Reflections Interactive, has quit the firm.
The news comes after the studio?s latest offerings - Stuntman and DRIV3R - were mauled by press and gamers alike, with the latter kicking up a storm of negative publicity that saw fudged review score gossip flare to crisis point.
Speaking to trade weekly MCV, Edmonson said, ?Having founded Reflections in 1984 and enjoyed almost two decades of creative and commercial success there, I still feel a great sense of attachment to the studio and am very sad to leave. Reflections remains home to a team of talented and committed people and I wish them all a great deal of success in the future. It is too early for me to announce my own plans, but I fully intend to carry on creating original IP and bringing successful games to market.?
However, this comment masks the simple truth that the market as a whole has simply lost faith in the offerings of Reflections, following the studio?s abject failure to cope with current-generation hardware. Given that the firm barely managed to nail down saleable PlayStation 2 and Xbox offerings, can we really expect anyone at owner Atari to finance a project on next-generation hardware?
Sadly, SPOnG doubts this very much.