It may not be the timeliest response, but Denis Dyack
is speaking out against allegations that the very poorly received X-Men: Destiny
was the result of catastrophic mismanagement
on the part of developer Silicon Knights
. Dyack recently left his role as the head of Silicon Knights to join Precursor games, developer of the coming Eternal Darkness
spiritual successor, Shadow of the Eternals
. As Precursor is seeking crowdfunding for the project, and Dyack is serving as its chief creative officer, it seems the company believes he has some 'splaining to do.
The allegations sprung from a Kotaku article
penned by freelance writer Andrew McMillen last October. In a 30-minute YouTube response, Dyack categorically denies statements made in the article, saying that "there isn't any hard evidence whatsoever besides non-credible anonymous sources." Dyack added that Silicon Knights refused to submit any comments for the article in question, as it would have appeared to lend credence to what he sees as untrue allegations.
Dyack then reads a letter he alleges was written by McMillen to an anonymous source. The letter states that McMillen's article was initially refused by Wired games editor Chris Kohler, who cited a lack of facts and documentation, apart from the comments from anonymous ex-employees. Dyack goes on to say that "not only did Silicon Knights not divert funds from X-Men: Destiny
to our other projects, which I can't talk about, we actually put more money into X-Men: Destiny
than what we were paid." Dyack says he and Silicon Knights worked with Activision and Marvel to make Destiny
as good as it could be and, while he's sorry for how it turned out, he says, "We put nothing but our best efforts" into the game.
Dyack also admitted to saying some things he "shouldn't have said in the press" regarding X-Men Destiny
, adding, "I've learned my lesson." The same mistakes won't be made again, he says. The video goes on to address other concerns, such as Silicon Knights' relationship with Nintendo, and Dyack has also posted a litany of related references
on Precursor's forums.