Tim Schaefer’s Double Fine Productions experienced a bit of an ‘Oops’ last week when it accidentally released its first mobile game, Middle Manager of Justice, weeks ahead of schedule. Needless to say, the version of superhero management game that players downloaded was a bit of a buggy mess. Double Fine has since pulled Middle Manager of Justice from the App Store, and it’s using player feedback to improve the title. Presumably, it’s not going to use player expletives.
Project leader Kee Chi took responsibility for the mistake. “Yeah, it was totally my fault,” he told Gamasutra. “With the way you submit things on the App Store, you have to specify what the release date is, and a while back we had set the date to September, but at the time we didn’t know if that would be final or not.
“Once we submitted the game, we realized we had a lot of things we still needed to tweak and fix, but at the same time, we didn’t want to remove it from the [submission] process in case Apple catches other things we need to take care of, and we didn’t want to do a double submission.”
Unfortunately, the game was still locked in for its September release.
Chi has turned digital lemons into lemonade by encouraging early adopters to become beta testers. Chi says he’s already garnered valuable feedback that will ultimately go towards improving the final product. The for-realsies version of Middle Manager of Justice should hit the App Store sometime in the coming weeks.
If you have an early version of the game, why not consider offering feedback on Double Fine’s forum?