In the course of yesterday, Bethesda has announced the postponement of Starfield and Redfall to 2023 and the father of God of War did not take it very well, even going so far as to attack Phil Spencer, the Xbox boss. David Jaffe even invited the former COO of Microsoft Game Studios to go to therapy.
Here are his words, pronounced during the podcast he holds on his YouTube channel:
You suck, Phil Spencer. You are me when I was 28. I knew I could design, I knew I could have commercial ideas, at least at that time, my brain was directly connected to the spirit of the time. It took me seven, eight, nine months to realize I wasn't able to produce a game, let alone a game I was also directing work for. This allowed me to understand that there are things we are good at, maybe even great, and things we are unable to do. Get into therapy, Phil. You are not good in your role. You are simply not, you are not the right person for that role. And what happened with Bethesda cannot be a coincidence.
The words that the father of God of War intended for Spencer, after the news of the postponement of Starfield and Redfall to 2023, are harsh. Definitely too hard, and Jaffe himself noticed that, during the same podcast, he adjusted the shot. More or less:
Don't fire Phil Spencer, he's a visionary. I love the idea of the Game Pass and if someone could reason with him, he could become the right person to lead an absolutely wonderful art movement for gamers. But if he can't figure it out, get him out of the way and hire someone who can lead the development… You're so close, Phil. Your plan is solid, your organization is solid when it comes to these studies, but you can't manage it. You can not do this.