MONTREAL — Up-and-coming indie game studio Red Team Blue disappointed fans after announcing on Twitter that a widely speculated easter egg in their popular zombie shooter title army of decadence was nothing more than a personal reference to a pet cat belonging to one of the developers.
“No, the hotly discussed ‘Chuck’s Room’ does not refer to a planned sequel or expansion of the game, but rather an unrelated and inconsequential datum in reference to our artist’s cat conceptual senior,” explained studio head Jamie Salt. “We apologize for any confusion we may have caused with this. We hope you’ll accept, in place of confirmation of the sequel, a photo of Chuck huddled in a cardboard box. Meow.”
Fans of the game were quick to share their disappointment at the hidden message, wondering why it was even there in the first place if it wasn’t destined to be separated.
“That’s pretty irresponsible of the devs, not to mention shit,” one user replied. “I am fan of Aod, So when I first accessed Chuck’s Room after going through all of the game’s data, I went down the rabbit hole to see if it would have any implications for a future title. But no, apparently it’s just a guy’s pet. And it’s not even unique like a ferret or a chinchilla. He’s just a stupid cat. What a waste of time.”
Red Team Blue developers were shocked by the community’s response.
“Are you telling me that people thought there would be a sequel?” asked Richard Walker, senior concept artist at Red Team Blue and primary guardian of 4-year-old cat Chuck. “We certainly don’t have that kind of funding. I just thought it would be cool if my little guy had his own hidden piece in the game. I mean, sure, he has his own Twitter and Instagram, but that’s, like, his real legacy.
As of press time, fans are once again upset after discovering that the reward for clearing 100 levels in the game’s Endless Mode is a secret photo album of all teams’ pets.