In a weird threat, a community manager for IL-2 Sturmovik has implied that the game will be shut down unless fans start giving it more positive reviews.
In a (now-deleted) post, Community manager Zak explains that many of the comments left on the IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Metacritic page are “blankly negative”, arguing that “these people have a direct, vivid, and purposeful intention to finish the very existence of the IL-2 brand”.
I’ve discussed the situation with Loft earlier today. So, if the user opinion shown by metacritic is what the community believes in, then we, as he says, will need to close the project this December. If their attitude prevails, if haters win and dominate over those who love IL-2 Sturmovik, then the game is over – it’s out of the shelves, out of hard drives, out of memory.
At time of writing, IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad has 221 ratings and 181 reviews, sitting on a User Score of 6.9 (“Mixed or average reviews”). Many of the most recent, positive reviews have been glowing, perfect 10/10 scores (dated after Zak’s outburst), while the negatives have been lurking around 3 and lower. Critics have blamed the recently-added single-player campaign, complained about the control mechanics, and accused developers of promising one thing and delivering another.
Want to see for yourself? IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is currently available via Steam Early Access. Reviews there are “mostly positive”, although recent comments have become increasingly negative.