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OlliOlli 2 Developer roll7 Shut Down Due to Twitter Criticism

21 gun salute anyone?

Today started like any normal release day for roll7. Gathered around a burning barrel of oil for heat in the cold English air, their eyes were locked on Twitter and other social media. Why they were gazing at this so intently was simple and obvious; OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood was being let out into the wilderness. Critics readied their words and roll7 prepared themselves for what would be either an onslaught of hatred or chorus of praise.

As the embargo lifted, a swift change in air pressure washed over their faces. It turned out that the critics were satisfied, with opinions drifting between better than okay and downright awesome (that was us). Soon after this though, a random spur of criticism from Twitter slammed into their chests.


And that was it. Developers at roll7 updated their LinkedIn profiles and prepared to disappoint their landlords with the news no rent would be paid this month. They even started packing up the studio’s equipment before announcing that their upcoming title Not A Hero was summarily cancelled. Gamers cried and the random online critic guffawed into his banana & rabbit sandwich at seeing many developers losing their jobs, families, even their prized action figure collections. 

Of course this isn’t actually true. The team were simply showing off their personality by announcing this. Maybe it was an attempt at a publicity stunt, or just a stab at good-natured British humor. Either way, it got us chuckling and we felt that you’d appreciate it too.

As stated above, roll7 just launched OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in North America, with European shores getting the game tomorrow.

Were you fooled by what they said? Does the fact they changed their name to Troll7 help or hinder your faith in the small indie team? Let us know in the comments down below.

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