CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit

An update to the Chairman's Response to The Escapist on the Roberts Space Industries website has the latest on Cloud Imperium Games' reaction to the recent Escapist article alleging troubles at the developer of Star Citizen, the upcoming crowd-funded space game. The post has been modified to demand a retraction of the assertions in the article, threatening legal action if this doesn't happen by the end of today. They say the site has "violated the most basic rules and ethics in journalism by failing to properly vet [their] sources and providing the affected party with an opportunity to refute these ridiculous, highly slanderous, and easily disproven allegations," and also state this was not a legitimate piece of journalism, but rather a conspiracy between the author and "third parties" (who go unnamed, though we have a guess). They reproduce a lengthy letter they sent to the Escapist, and here is how this concludes:
If we have not received within a reasonable time your written confirmation (email being sufficient) that you agree to cooperate and comply with the above demands we will firstly publish this letter to our website. Based on the generous standards set by you, we believe that 24 hours should be sufficient to hear from you. Furthermore, if we have not received the aforementioned confirmation from you or your magazine and/or parent company by EOD Monday, we will turn this matter over to our litigators to prepare legal action in the US and the UK against the individuals and entities involved as listed herein.
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Illumin wrote on Oct 5, 2015, 12:42:
I use to be a pretty solid defender of S.C and to a point I still will defend it. I think eventually something is going to be thrown out there as a game. Is it going to be everything C.R says it is? Im really doubting that since Starmarine and multicrew seems to be kicking their ass. I think C.R micromanages way to much and his time management skills are for shit. That being said I think Derek Smart has gone way beyond a healthy questioning of CIG's abilities to deliver, into an obsessive crusade. He would love to see a law suit. Anything and everything he can do to make them spend more money on anything but this game being developed is a win for Derek Smart.
It really depends on how good Star Marine and the Baby PU are. It doesn't matter so much that they were delayed if the end result is worth it. What I suspect happened with Star Marine is that Chris Roberts tried it and thought it was a mess, at which point he scaled back the involvement of Illfonic - the contractor developing it - and increased the role of Foundry 42, the UK studio. He probably hoped it could be turned around quite quickly but failed to realise the scale of the problems. I would agree that he micromanages too much and has poor time management skills.

I still have my doubts about Star Marine, as based on the footage it doesn't look that impressive. That said, Arena Commander took a while to get to where it is today and that's the nature of an alpha test. The Baby PU, on the otherhand, looks in a decent state. It was playable at Gamescom and though it was buggy it looked like the basics were in place.

As for Derek Smart, he went full retard decades ago. He's beyond a joke yet some around here still give him credence because they want to see the project fail and confirmation bias is a powerful thing.
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