Wolfenstein: Youngblood has officially released to a rather mixed reception. While some have lauded a return to the tone and setting of the previous games in the rebooted series, others think the latest installment falls short of its predecessors. Some “fans” have taken things a bit too far, even if they are disappointed the title didn’t live up to its hype since it was announced at last year’s E3.
Those “fans” are so incensed Wolfenstein: Youngblood has microtransactions they reported began harassing lead level designer Mitja Roskaric on Twitter. It bears repeating they were harassing a level designer over microtransactions.
These people weren’t going after the bigwigs who likely decided to put those features into the game in the first place. They attacked the man who was both carrying out a directive and trying to make the game enjoyable as possible.
Roskaric’s first reaction was to simply make his Twitter account private. It doesn’t appear that was enough in the end. Roskaric has now deleted his account.
Major feels for @MitjaRoskaric who's had to lock his account.
He's taking flak from gamers because of Micro Transactions in a game he worked on.
He's Lead LD.
— Simon Cooper (@scoop_cooper) July 29, 2019
This is hardly the first time that gamers have gone above and beyond to be terrible to devs because of something in a product they disagreed with. The fact that they keep doing it doesn’t excuse their latest efforts.
After Senior Technical Director at Ubisoft, Simon Cooper pointed out what was going on with the Wolfenstein: Youngblood dev, there were plenty of users who tried to excuse the harassment. One commented seemed to claim that because Bethesda had not announced there would be microtransactions in the game, Roskaric deserved his treatment.
As Kotaku pointed out, the variety of transactions that are allowed in this game aren’t really even worth getting mad about. And yet, Mitja Roskaric has been completely chased away from a social media platform because of them.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood released for the Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch on July 26.