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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Oct 5, 2015, 15:34
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CJ_Parker wrote on Oct 5, 2015, 14:10:
All that said, I do not believe that they are short on money - yet. What I do believe, however, is that even CR knows exactly by now that the project is in mismanagement hell. Their content creation pipeline is slower than molasses and they have focused on ship creation for way too long.
Sure, the ships brought in the money but now more and more people want to see playable results. Results that they can not deliver because they first need to reorganize the whole company for a more effective delivery pipeline.
Star Marine has turned into a complete joke. It was originally scheduled for the beginning of this year . It's only a single map and it was demo'ed at PAX AU looking more or less "complete". What the fuck took them so long and how could CR be that wrong?
If the rest of the project is in similar shape then CR/CIG can probably see the writing on the wall which in effect led to this totally unprofessional retort.

These are all great questions and it would be great if the press would bring these kinds of concerns.

That is the foremost question on my mind, they (maybe just CR) thought that the FPS module would be ready in approx a month from that presentation. We're more than 6 months beyond that now and it's still not ready. How the fuck did anyone think it would be ready in a month? That letter supposedly from a former employee seems to suggest that CR suddenly decided a lot of assets weren't ready and needed to be redone and didn't want to say anything? (I assume) Then in July Travis Day leaves for blizzard. (Senior Producer) Blizzard is a dream job for any game industry professional so maybe that is just a coincidence, but maybe not. Then shortly after Alex Mayberry leaves, (Executive Producer), who'd already worked at Blizzard for almost 10 years...

I don't know exactly what happened between March 15 and July 15 but it seems significant. This crap about Derek smart and racism and all this other bullshit seems unimportant. Just tell us when the game is coming. Or A game, tell us when you're going to release something. (for real)
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