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Beenox Boss Defends Activision

Activision is usually on the short end of the stick when gamers rate publishers on reputation.

Bigger publishers are often accused of "soul crushing" policies towards developers, as noted by GamesIndustry.biz in a recent interview with Beenox studio boss Dee Brown.

But Brown defended Activision, saying that his team's experience with the mega publisher has been nothing but positive. Said Brown:

"I would certainly say from an internal perspective that the reputation Activision has acquired is probably unfair. Beenox was acquired in 2005, so it has been six years now that we've been with Activision. We had to work with Activision prior to our acquisition. There was a reason why I as the studio founder agreed to be acquired. It was because of their independent studio culture. I believed in that model, and I still believe in that model today.

Activision has always treated us as partners, rather than something to be controlled. They've been, from a creative standpoint, really, really great. When I look at Shattered Dimensions, what were asked for at the time was 'Please make a Spider-Man game.' That was the creative direction that Activision gave us."

Brown goes on to talk about the benefits of working with a licensed entity, which some developers can't really handle very well. Beenox is currently cranking away on The Amazing Spider-Man and we're enthusiastic, because this designer has given us several solid Spidey adventures over the years. As for the Activision defense, it's not exactly surprising...is it?

Tags: activision, beenox, spiderman games, the amazing spiderman

5/23/2012 8:28:23 PM John Shepard

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Comments (12 posts)

TheAgingHipster
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 10:16:20 PM
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Well, I guess not everyone in the world can hate 'em. There'll always be that 1% of people who admire the company.

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JackDillinger89
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 11:56:35 PM

And another 80% that will support and buy one of there products this november.

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TheAgingHipster
Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 8:06:50 AM

Too true.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 10:31:28 PM
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After reading Activision's legal papers regarding Bungie and their new gaming series I'm not sure I could think any less of them.

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tes37
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 10:35:51 PM
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If they call her Brown Lips Houlihan at Beenox, then she can't be trusted.

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killerbee12
Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 7:13:28 AM
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John Shepard, go back to freaken Heavy Rain. 'Cause you only exist on this site is because of Ben Dutka's lonely fanbase and his fat ass.

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Douchebaguette
Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 10:38:09 AM

Killerbee12, go back to freakin' Gamespot. 'Cause you only exist on this site because of your loneliness, insecurities and boney a**.

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killerbee12
Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 7:13:40 AM
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John Shepard, go back to freaken Heavy Rain. 'Cause you only exist on this site is because of Ben Dutka's lonely fanbase and his fat ass.

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killerbee12
Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 7:14:06 AM
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TO BEN DUTKA: John Shepard, go back to freaken Heavy Rain. 'Cause you only exist on this site is because of Ben Dutka's lonely fanbase and his fat ass.

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Underdog15
Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 8:36:40 AM
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Uh... is there a thread I missed that killerbee is feeling a little anal about?

Someone should just ban this a$$. He doesn't contribute, and only insults people. The same class act that called a 3 month old an a-hole in complete seriousness..... *rolls eyes*

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tes37
Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 9:55:18 AM

I was wondering the same thing.

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___________
Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 10:01:24 AM
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everyone says their a laid back publisher but i think thats exactly the problem.
look at 99% of the games antivision releases!
there all sh*t!
thats why people hate them.
oh and the way they turn out DLC pack after DLC pack and charge ridiculous prices for them!
than release DLC pack after DLC pack and call them sequels!
case in point, when was the last time beenox delivered a GOTY contender?
i rest my case!

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