In a recent statement, the Dutch studio behind a horrific project that boils down conspirators said they were the victim of serious wrongdoing. And asked to work calmly.
For several months, Abandoned has teased, stirred up and stirred up observers and analysts. It is because signs, coincidences, sow trouble. Although repeatedly refuted, while remaining rather vague, the link with Silent Hill and / or Hideo Kojima continues to be imagined. In fact, the project is blown out, which does not necessarily have only virtues. Especially when the technique seems to want to play tricks on Blue Box Games, which remains a small independent studio until proven guilty. As a little too often when you are exposed, you don’t just attract lights. And stupidity’s worst ally is hatred. Dutch society was entitled to it, in disproportionate proportions.
Online and physical threats
This Sunday, October 17, 2021, more than 4 months after having specified that they had no connection with Konami or the father of Metal Gear, Blue Box Games signed a press release entitled: “A message from us. Human beings.”. He denounces a situation that has become untenable for the members of the studio and their relatives. And remember that there are real people behind it all. Something that many Internet users tend to forget.
The following message is not sent as a company, but as a group of human beings. The last few days have been difficult. Death threats are increasing online but unfortunately also physically and this must stop. We have faced death threats in recent months and in recent days we have faced this again. Especially physically. It doesn’t just affect us as a team. Everyone within our environments, our other businesses, families and everyone around us, is affected. We want to work in a safe environment. And with upcoming vacancies, we also want to provide a safe working environment for future colleagues. We will not tolerate this and we will take action by providing authorities with IP addresses, recordings and footage from cameras.
We are fully aware of the negative situation we have created and truly understand your frustration. What we don’t understand, however, are death threats. We appreciate your interest in Abandoned, we’re working hard on it. We will be blogging regularly on our website and posting any new information about Abandoned on our Twitter feed. But all we’re asking until then is just to give ourselves some space and let us work on Abandoned. Please. Thank you.
The facts denounced are serious enough to leave no room for doubt. And remember once again that, no, we never look for this kind of reactions, that they are not part of any game. Nothing justifies them.
A very complicated situation
Launched last April, the communication campaign around Abandoned was somewhat chaotic. This game exclusive to the PS5, whose real name is still to be revealed, had played with several elements bringing it closer to Silent Hill. This generated an attention that was not always benevolent towards him. Despite the interventions of his boss, Blue Box has failed to convince the most determined theorists of its existence. Technical hiccups, often at the last minute, were seen as other methods of misleading players. Still with this press release, it seems that Hasan Kahraman and his team no longer want to play. But rather need to be left alone.