Xander Davis, a former Darksiders 2 developer may have just ended his career in the video game business. And not for bashing the Wii U, but for flat out lying about the working conditions at his former employer, Vigil Games. But first, on his Wii U comments: in an interview with Not Enough Shaders, Davis called the Wii U an “Xbox 360 that’s 7 years too late”, and flat out said that the console was “idiotic”. Davis’ comments:
“Anybody buying any Wii U game that’s a port is probably buying it almost exclusively and specifically for how it can play differently through the Wii U’s alleged innovated UI. I’m already a known skeptic on whether the interface paradigm is at all anything but idiotic”
There’s just one thing: Davis states that “I’ve not worked on any Wii U version of anything”. He hasn’t worked on the Wii U version of Darksiders 2 or anything else, yet he makes such idiotic statements about the platform. Not only that, he bashed his former employer, complaining that he didn’t get credited for his work on Darksiders 2.
But there’s always another side of the story. THQ and developer Vigil Games released a statement saying that Davis was only employed for 90 days, on a game that took over 2 years to develop. Not only that, Vigil said that all developers who worked on the game were properly credited, unless they were laid off for, as Vigil puts it, “documented poor performance”. Vigil also added:
“We find it alarming that a former employee would personally attack and lie about other team members while falsely inflating his contribution to the game.”
The way it looks to us, Xander Davis is nothing but a disgruntled employee who was fired for not being able to do his job. Then goes on and bashes his former employer, and for good measure, throws in a few punches at the Wii U, just to make sure everyone hears him. Which make sense considering he just started his own indie game studio. We won’t say the name of the studio here. This guy doesn’t deserve it.