An "Asked & Answered" post to the Rockstar News Wire
covers several topics in answering questions from fans, including Red Dead Redemption
, L.A. Noire
, and most notably, the recent Rockstar Spouse
incident involving an open letter decrying the working conditions at Rockstar San Diego. That letter complained of forced overtime and other stressful conditions at the studio for current employees, but Rockstar does not address those concerns, and instead talks of "former members of any studio did not find their time here enjoyable or creatively fulfilling." Here's word:
As for the stories spreading around the internet, yes we have noticed them. Unfortunately, this is a case of people taking the opinions of a few anonymous posters on message boards as fact. No business is ever perfect, but Rockstar Games is a tight knit team made up of around 900 supremely talented and motivated professionals, many of whom have worked here for a very long time. We’re saddened if any former members of any studio did not find their time here enjoyable or creatively fulfilling and wish them well with finding an environment more suitable to their temperaments and needs, but the vast majority of our company are focused solely on delivering cutting edge interactive entertainment. We’ve always cared passionately about the people working here, and have always tried to maintain a supportive creative environment. There is simply no way Rockstar could continue to produce such large scale, high quality games without this. That being said, making great games is very challenging, which is why we have and will continue to try to keep hold of some of the best talent in the industry and support them in every way we can.