The developers behind Kickstarter-funded video game Areal are calling out journalists following accusations that the studio's Kickstarter campaign is a scam, though judging by recent events including a very hilarious email
from President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, it's not an easy one to judge.
Areal has been at the center of some rather controversial attention since beginning its journey on the crowdfuding website. While studio West Games claimed that they were made up of staff from past title STALKER, the validity of that claim has said to be "overestimated." According to a Eurogamer
interview with Oleg Yavorsky, spokesperson for Vostok Games - one of the studios to come out of the demise of STALKER developer GSC - such claims were not real and that the team only held one actual team member from STALKER, Yuriy Negrobov.
Others have claimed footage from STALKER: Call of Pripyat is being used in the Kickstarter campaign to represent Areal, while assets and concept art that have appeared on the Areal Kickstarter page is allegedly older concept art developed for the STALKER title.
Today, the Kickstarter page has surpassed its original $50,000 goal, though not without complications. Earlier yesterday the developer pointed fingers at some journalists for "completely one-sided and subjective" coverage of the studio, while accusing Forbes' online component of "lax editorial standards because of their recent sale to a Hong Kong based company" following critical coverage from the publication. You can read up on full about their accusations and their resolution here