The developer behind the lowest-rated game on PlayStation 4, Basement Crawl, has said to GameSpot that it is working to rebuild the game from scratch as a way of apologising to those who purchased it to begin with.
Basement Crawl was released back in February, and was described as a "lackluster, multiplayer-only Bomberman clone bereft of features" in its GameSpot review. The title also has an overall rating of 27 on review aggregator (and GameSpot sister site) Metacritic, currently giving it the lowest Metascore of any PlayStation 4 title released to date. Even NBA Live 14 scraped a 43!
Bloober Team's Marc Colhoun told GameSpot that the developer is now looking to rebuild the game entirely. "Firstly, I think that I should start this off by apologising to those of you who bought Basement Crawl and have been waiting for us to fix it," said Colhoun. "The game was a mess for both you and us."
"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."
"I know that this isn’t really the way things are usually done in the industry, but I think that if you have put a bad product out to people it is your job to do what you can to fix that. Even if it means going back to the drawing board on a game that has already been released."
"We don’t want to come out and say that this [new version] is going to be 10/10 GoTY, but just a way for us to regain the trust of gamers. We also really don’t want anyone to think that this is some kind of quick money grab. So, we will be giving this game for free to people who bought the original game. This is our priority, to ensure that we give you what you expected from us. To do this we are getting in touch with as many people as we can that bought the game to get feedback and help ensure that you guys are just as much part of the process as we are."
"This deals with the technical issues we ran into but a few of you spoke about how there needs to be a tutorial, AI, more game types and so on. We have added all of these things into the game and more. We aren’t talking about it too much right now simply because we are in no position to be making promises to people."
If you aren't interested in downloading the new version of Basement Crawl, a patch for the existing build will also be made available in the future. No dates for either the rebuilt or patched versions of Basement Crawl was given.
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