Dead Space story producer, Chuck Beaver, hit the headlines at the end of last week, when he wrote on the EA Blog that Gears of War contained "atrocious, offensive violations of story basics", and had "the worst writing in games". Since then it would appear that Beaver has rescinded said comments, with the post in question having been removed from the blog, and a statement issued.
IGN reports that Beaver contacted them with the following:
"I just wanted to jump in and clarify some of my comments that were taken out of context about Gears of War. First, let me say that I'm a huge fan. It is an epic franchise that has trail-blazed more than a few industry-leading player experiences and mechanics. It is deservedly recognized as a top-tier title. Its success as a property is evidenced by its giant sales and rabid fan base. The industry is far better for Epic's contributions, and we all owe a great deal of inspiration to their work."
Meek and contrite? Full of positivity and hints of contextual misquotage? No actual apology? Sounds like damage control to us, which is perhaps unsurprising considering that Epic has partnered with EA to help distribute some of its games, such as Bulletstorm last year.
Blame the media. It's far easier to do that than stick to your guns.