Rock Band 4 developer, Harmonix, has come clean to the fact that employees from the company have been posting positive reviews on Amazon for their latest release, Rock Band 4.
In a statement to Destructoid, Harmonix said:
- Harmonix has clarified its internal policy about posting reviews of our own products on retail sites, and we’ve asked that existing reviews be edited to identify Harmonix employees or be removed entirely. While we believe the reviews posted by a few employees were sincere and without ill intentions, as a studio we don’t believe these are appropriate actions. We appreciate the feedback from the community, and take our relationship with our fans seriously.
The reviews were initially discovered through a post on Reddit when one user found the names of the reviews to match multiple names of current employees at Harmonix. Many of the reviews have now since been removed or updated as the following:
- I added this review half in jest (as you might be able to tell from the tone of the original). In hindsight, it’s probably important that I note that I worked on the game and work for Harmonix. That being said, I’m confident that if I didn’t I would still give the game five stars. It’s a beautiful, peaceful, cooperative game, rare enough already in today’s landscape, that I can play with my wife and kids. Music discovery, playing with your family and friends, and cooperation make Rock Band my favorite.