Because of this, they had to cancel the display of the game at The Game Awards 2018.
Tim Soret, game director of The Last Night, told about the difficulties in his twitter . According to him, in 2018, Odd Tales studio doubled the number of employees, found an office in central London, significantly increased the game budget, prepared the necessary code architecture, and developed new methods for displaying the hybrid pixel 3D graphics.
However, at the end of 2018, the studio was faced with “serious business, legal and financial problems,” Soret did not go into details. The developer only confirmed that as a result of all this, the team had to cancel the trailer show on the TGA in December.
As Tim Soret noted, problems arose a few months ago, and now Odd Tales is looking for new sources of funding. He also assured that The Last Night is not canceled, although the risk exists.
Against the background of this news, some of Twitter users recalled Soret’s long-standing conflict with activists after he expressed his dissatisfaction with feminism in 2014.
@ninomojo I don't agree. I'm against feminism, because it's getting more & more skewed. I am for egalitarism. I don't care boy, girl, alien— Tim Soret (@timsoret) 7 July 2014
I am against feminism, because it is increasingly turning the wrong way. I am for egalitarianism – I do not care, man, girl, alien.
Then the activists felt that The Last Night somehow reflects the views of Soret and called on the players to boycott the indie adventure.
Later, in 2017, the developer apologized for his remarks in the past and explained that he supports the very goal of feminism.
It’s time to discuss this. Everything is fine, let’s talk, because it is important. I fully support equality and inclusiveness.
2 – In no way is The Last Night a game against feminism or any form of equality. A lot of things changed for me these last years.— Tim Soret (@timsoret) 12 June 2017
The Last Night is by no means a game about combating feminism or any other form of equality. In recent years, much has changed in me.
The fictional game setting challenges the techno-social progress as a whole, but definitely does not promote regressive ideas.
Despite this, Tim Soret is still being criticized by some players, and news of the difficulties Odd Tales faced provoked another “wave”.
Aw, it's so sad the goobergrape game developer is having trouble making a game about conservative cyberpunk. Maybe Soret should beg for money from the alt-right cronies that he pretended to distance himself from? https://t.co/wAId0QiQPY— Henry Gilbert (@hEnereyG) 1 January 2019
What a pity that the disgusting developers stumbled upon problems during the development of a game about a conservative cyberpunk. Maybe Soreta should ask for money from the alt-right friends, about whom he allegedly pulled away?
Back at E3 2017 it was something else to see that game revealed with some fanfare and then within an hour everyone found all the goobergrape tweets on Tim Soret's account that he was too fucking dumb to delete until he got caught. I would guess that cost him a publishing deal— Henry Gilbert (@hEnereyG) 1 January 2019
Seeing this game on E3 2017 was something special, and then for an hour everyone found disgusting tweets on Tim Soret’s page, which he, because of his stupidity, did not delete before being caught by the hand. I guess it cost him a deal with the publisher.
So now he's clearly on the outside of legitimate game press by being so obviously associated with a hate group, and his early attempts at a mealymouthed distancing failed him. Who knows, maybe Soret will go full reactionary and see what kind of alt-right funding he can secure— Henry Gilbert (@hEnereyG) 1 January 2019
So now he is definitely outside of the legitimate gaming press, since he is obviously connected to the heit group and his early attempts to distance himself from all this have failed. Who knows, maybe Soret will become a reactionary and find funding from the alt-right.
Soret himself reacted quite sharply to this criticism.
Clarification: it's true that activists tried and are trying hardcore to kill us, deplatform us, cancel us, blacklist us. Not just random angry twitter uses or Resetera people, but organized powerful activists inside AAA studios, gaming organisations, game design schools.— Tim Soret (@timsoret) 2 January 2019
Clarification: it is true that activists have tried and are still trying to destroy us and to get the game canceled. Not just angry Twitter users or guys from ResetEra, but organized and influential activists inside AAA studios, game organizations and game design schools.
While it certainly makes our situation even more complex, this is not, as far as we know, the cause of situation. It might be. But I would say probably not. Actually, the situation has been going for months and we still don't understand why or how it happened.— Tim Soret (@timsoret) 2 January 2019
This definitely makes our situation more difficult, but this, to my knowledge, is not the cause of the problems. Everything is possible, but I think that there is no connection. In fact, the difficulties began a few months ago, and we still have not fully understood how and why this happened.
The developer assured the concerned players that he and his team from Odd Tales are not going to give up and will do everything so that The Last Night will reach the release. However, when to wait for him now is an open question.