If you’ve ever seen reviews for Rock Band 4 online, you have likely noticed that the game has received plenty of favorable scores. This is interesting since games like this are no longer considered hip. So I guess there are hardcore fans that still love rocking out.
So of course many have found it odd that Harmonix’s employees have been caught posting positive reviews of the game on Amazon. It seems to be doing fine without these. Obviously these reviews are more than a little biased and Harmonix has in fact come forward to acknowledge that those were reviews from their employees, and they were not instructed to do this. Honesty is the best policy and this is a good move by the company.
In a statement they say, “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.”
So there you have it. It’s good that they are being so open with the public. Some of the reviews have since been deleted, but there are some that have been updated to better reflect the transparency of the reviewer. That seems only appropriate