There are a bunch of new fighting games coming out within the next couple of years from very well known companies (Namco, Midway, Capcom, SNK, etc.), and with the releases of trailers, tweets, and interviews, what tends to (naturally) follow is tons of speculation. I can’t help but wonder if any of the opinions are taken seriously.
For example, KoF13 hasn’t even been released stateside yet, and people are already hating on it (it’s in Japan arcades ffs). The recent SFxT promo released was highly criticized for the graphics, the characters in it, and for being a “severely dated tech demo”. Mortal Kombat 9 and MvC3 are still far from being released (neither game even being halfway done), and tons of people are already concerned about whether or not these games can be taken seriously on a competitive level.
Not to mention, the community also tends to be responsible for tier lists for games. Do you think companies appreciate when the community generates those? For example, the new SSF4 tier list that just came out has the majority of their new characters ranked low/bottom tier. I don’t know about anyone else, but I would be pissed if I was one of the Capcom employees responsible for the design or functionality of the new characters, only to be told that they suck (Juri low-tier? Hakan one of the worst in the game, even stated by Daigo? Damn, harsh).
What do you guys think? Do companies pay attention to our bullshit, or do they just read it and laugh while they’re at their large conference tables?
Disclaimer: NOT A TIER LIST DISCUSSION. THERE IS A THREAD FOR THAT ALREADY.
Positive or negative, it would be nice to know if our voices were heard.