United Front Games, creators of Modnation Racers for PS3, have spoken out on today’s news that their next game, True Crime, has been canned by publishers Activision. A message, relayed via their website, says:
We are sorry we did not get a chance to complete this project with Activision, but we understand why. We are both committed to doing quality games and nothing less.
Maybe we will have a chance to work together in the future, but in the meantime we are setting our creative sights on a different horizon. You can keep up with the latest developments at UFG here on our site.
It’s a noble, respectful message and one indicating that the news wouldn’t have been much of a surprise. The decision to stop development of the game, says Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, was “based on the desire to focus on the greatest opportunities that the company currently has to create the world’s best interactive entertainment experiences.”
Eric Hirshberg, COO of Activision Publishing, said that True Crime wouldn’t be able to compete against the best in the open world genre.