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The Devil's Cartel Developer Suffered From Morale Problems

When there's a lot of internal strife and dissension within a development team, that's unfortunately reflected in the product. Too bad, too.

According to the executive producer of the ill-fated Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, his team at Visceral Games Montreal struggled with a "negative trajectory of morale," which sadly led to a mediocre production.

As spotted by VideoGamer, Julian Beak spoke about the troubled development of the game in question on his LinkedIn page. He said he did what he could to help the team that appeared to be falling apart, but it was too little, too late.

Despite rebuilding "confidence and a trustworthy culture through hard work and the frequent celebration of success," Beak said the "new high standard of proficiency was applied too late" in the process, and the result was inevitable. The studio was reported to have been closed in February 2013, just one month before the game released. But that release probably wouldn't have helped; most critics panned the game, and we weren't too thrilled with it, either.

Tags: army of two devils cartel, army of two sequel, visceral games

1/6/2014 10:03:56 PM John Shepard

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Comments (7 posts)

Kryten1029a
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 10:14:47 PM
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Who could have imagined that working for EA might prove detrimental to your emotional well-being?

Last edited by Kryten1029a on 1/6/2014 10:15:33 PM

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 10:24:25 PM

Maybe that's why all their franchises go to poop.

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Knightzane
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 10:23:49 PM
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3.99 for hit markers is what turned me away from this one. Didn't know about the rest.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 10:24:03 PM
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Visceral just needs to go back to Dante's Inferno, not sure if this is the same employees or not but the special features showed some amazing teamwork and rallying around the project there in the office.

Speaking of bad games I'm interested in Lost Planet 3 but it freakin costs too much. Hate that.

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 2:50:07 AM
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great, EA destroyed another one of my favourite new IPs, and studios!
for f*cks sake EA, please, just go destroy another industry!
we need a video game police or something, stop these moronic suits from destroying our industry!

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JackC8
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 8:09:14 AM
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"negative trajectory of morale" LOL, gotta love that corporate gobbledygook.

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Tim Speed24
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 6:00:26 PM
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Go ahead and thumb down all over me but I liked Devil's Cartel....got the Platinum for it too.

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