AFTER fan concerns that Destiny 2 developer Bungie isn’t listening to consumer feedback, the community manager has confirmed that this is due to fan harassment.
Bungie developer Kevin Yanes confirmed on Twitter that the Twilight Garrison chest armor would not be returning via a deleted tweet.
Before Yanes deleted the tweet, which was in response to a player question, it read:
“Titans will never breathe, my boy. It’s part of the Warlock identity. I’m sorry, but I want to rip off the plaster.”
This resulted in targeted harassment of the sandbox lead, including death threats.
While many of these tweets were subsequently removed and multiple accounts suspended, this is not an isolated case for the company.
As reported by forbesone of the studio’s senior community managers, has since spoken out about why Bungie isn’t willing to talk to fans about their game feedback.
When a Destiny 2 player tweeted his dismay at some people’s toxic reactions to developer comments, the manager became known as dmg04 had the following to say in reply:
“I dream of a day where video game developers (from any studio) can openly discuss their work without being harassed.
“Many in the comments say they do not condone harassment. I hope they will also oppose it if they find that friends or family are involved.
“Harassment incidents against our developers have actively made it difficult for us to communicate with the broader community. It has affected more studios than just ours.
“I hope more people in every community can take a stand against this behavior, whether it’s gaming or otherwise.”
Dmg04 has been on leave from the company since the end of June.
In a pinned tweet, he confirmed it was due to mental health issues.
He claims he’s starting antidepressants and that he’s talking to a therapist.
It’s unclear if his mental health decline was due to player harassment or even related to his work.
While cyberbullying is still a relatively new phenomenon, numerous studies have shown that online harassment can have serious negative mental health effects.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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