The tactical first-person shooter from developer Void Interactive which entered Early Access just days ago, will no longer be released by Team17. On Twitter, Void Interactive said that the “mutually agreed upon” decision to go their separate ways is “the right path for the future” of the game. Notably, it comes just days after a game developer indicated that future stakes Up to date could include a level set during a school shootout.
Currently in Steam Early Access, Ready or Not allows you to control a SWAT member who, alongside a team of AI companions or real players, must “defuse hostile and conflictual situations” such as hostage taking, etc. Coming into Early Access on December 17, it already has over 8,500 reviews, mostly positive, and many see players calling the game a worthy successor to the SWAT series. Nonetheless, Void Interactive and Team17 chose to go their separate ways, now making Tactical FPS an independent project.
It’s a curious development, especially its timing. When asked on December 19 in the in-game subreddit if Ready or Not should have a school shooting mission in the campaign, a developer at Void Interactive with the username Gruntr said “you better believe that okay “, everything except confirming the planned existence of the mission. Three days later, the studio amicably separated from its publisher. Although this is not confirmed, netizens believe it is because of the planned inclusion of this tier.
“Team17 Digital and VOID Interactive have mutually agreed that Ready or Not will no longer be released by Team17 Digital,” said a spokesperson for Team17. “We wish the VOID Interactive team all the best for the future and continued development of the game. [We] have [no] further comments on this at this time.
It’s unclear exactly what the School Shooting Mission will be, if it makes its entry into the game. The Ready or Not Discord is exploding with discussions about the still hypothetical level, with some players suggesting it would be “cool.” to play, expressing their ideas on what that should involve and deciding what equipment they would take with them.
Others denounce the possible inclusion of the mission, calling those who ask for it “fucking nuts” while pontificating on why it’s problematic. The idea of Ready or Not to venture into the realm of school shootings is not new.