In regard to the game itself needing a "day 0" patch to deal with a number of issues, Wardell tells us via email, "Elemental's release day was yesterday. August 24th. This has been known by the press for months. Virtually all games today, when released have the player update to the "day 0" version. And any journalist knows this. Unfortunately, some of the retailers broke the street date. We're a small company, we don't have the clout at retail to keep retailers from breaking street dates sometimes. So we were left with either having our beta group and pre-order customers get stuck waiting while others just went to the store or bought it OR release what was available, the gold version."
Wardell added, "Admittedly, that gold version was not as solid as we had hoped. But the day 0 version, the version of the game that was released on the official release day, is solid. It's a good game. It's easily the finest game I've ever worked on (and I designed GalCiv)."
Check after the jump for Wardell's response to what he called an "out of context" quote on Elemental's forums that PC Gamer highlighted in its article on the game
Update: Wardell has now posted up a formal response to PC Gamer's article on the Elemental web site.
Gallery: Elemental: War of Magic Screenshots
PC Gamer's article also pointed to a message post Wardell made on the Quarter To Three web site where he told a person that was critical of the game to "please stay away from our games in the future. I consider it ready for release and if others disagree, don't buy our games."
Wardell tells Big Download, "I'm more unhappy about the out of context quote (PC Gamer's) Tom Francis wrote. I shouldn't have snapped at Ben on that thread but Tom should have known the context of it. Ben and I have been friends for almost a decade and it's a forum I debate on/participate on and have for the better part of a decade. There are flame wars. I shouldn't have written what I did but on the other hand, it was pretty disingenuous of Tom Francis to cherry pick the quote from a thread that has literally almost 3000 responses over the past year or two."