Having had to deal with almost relentless criticism in the wake of the ongoing Infinity Ward scandal, publisher Activision will no doubt have been warmed by recent comments from Blur developer and owned studio Bizarre Creations.
Speaking to CVG, Blur's co-lead designer Gareth Wilson stated: You hear a lot of horror stories about Activision being this publisher that just churns shit out, but they certainly weren't like that for us.
Last year we were having to make compromises to hit the release date. We really wanted to expand on the mods, improve the visuals, get the split-screen stuff looking really good, make the power-ups ace – and we just weren't there.
We went to Activision and said 'we don't think the game's up to our quality level'. It was totally shippable, it was OK. But we would've liked to have had more time. They said 'OK' which was great.
They were great. Really, really good.”