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 above statement comes from a recent conversation between Harmonix, the developers behind Rock Band 4, and Destructoid. After looking around the Amazon reviews for the newest Rock Band series entry, one Reddit user found something odd coming from the positive side of the reviews. Namely….the names.
No idea what prompted Mr. Documental38 (if that is your real name!) to look up the credits of Rock Band 4 and match names with those who reviewed the products on Amazon. Either way, the employees have been caught red-handed. Or should I say, Reddit Handed?
That was a bad joke; I apologize.
This news couldn’t come at a more appropriate time considering Amazon’s current legal battle with an estimated 1,000 fake reviewers.
In typical internet fashion, people immediately took it upon themselves to go onto the Amazon’s Rock Band 4: Band-in-a-Box Bundle page and poke fun at the situation.
I’m not sure if the review below comes from a random internet troll, or if it’s coming from yet another Harmonix employee who is attempting to add some meta humor to this story.
Regardless, none of this bodes well for either of the two nostalgia titles that have come out recently (Rock Band 4 & Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5), as they were already hit with heavy amounts of criticism before release only to be hit with more backlash after their respective release dates.