There is nothing that legally binds them into making content for you.
Irrelevant. There doesn’t need to be anything legally binding, and if there were something legally binding then in that hypothetical scenario the entire dichotomy would still be irrelevant:sparkles:
Maybe they have obligations from their superiors, but not specifically for the consumer.
Not for the benefit of the consumer, but for the purpose of extracting more revenue and playtime (which itself leads to more revenue) out of the consumer.
Your entire framing of the transactional relationship between the company and the consumers is so inconceivably absurd that I genuinely thought you were trolling. Of course TC could tell everyone they’ve had enough, stop all support for the franchise, and go to working on another project. Of course they could have never released any extra content at all. But this isn’t how the video game industry works in 2020, nor in 2014 when they acquired the IP.
Can you think of one game released in the last 10 years which received no post-launch support or content? Even one? Can you think of one AAA multiplayer title released in the last 15 years which had no post-launch support? There hasn’t been any — what you’re suggesting they could do would be nothing short of an unprecedented act in the last 15 years, and the company would lose millions, and the franchise itself would slowly fade away into irrelevance at an event more expedited rate than it currently is.
Therefore, TC doesn’t need to give you anything and they don’t owe you anything.
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEErelevant. They don’t “need” to do anything at all, including show up for work, create content or bathe.
They signed onto a project with the express knowledge that they would be creating content and supporting the game post-launch, if they don’t want to then you’re right they can quit — but they’ll just be replaced by people who will. Microsoft doesnt nEeEeEeEeEd to replace them in this hypothetical, but they’re not going to throw millions of dollars in revenue down the drain because XxSillySniper123xX said they thought the content sucked.
Again, this would be a completely unprecedented act.
I didn’t include nor exclude their passion for development or the gears franchise, because as much as people may believe that it’s only for the money, who knows if they ever put in extra time, because they love what they do.
I can guarantee you that they put in extra time, but it’s not because of their love of the game or passion — it’s to keep their job and advance their careers.
TC runs a business, but the devs are human beings.
Human beings who can and will be replaced if need be. The entire “Owed” ‘Entitlement’ dichotomy is simply false.
The consumers aren’t bullying or exploiting the company, it’s the company bullying and exploiting the consumers — it’s always the company bullying and exploiting the consumers.