Polygon spoke with Hardline’s Executive Producer and Vice President of Visceral Games Steve Papoutsis at E3. EA did not provide a response to recent follow-up questions about Papoutsis’ answers.
“We did some research on the [internet],” Papoutsis said, “and we found out law enforcement have a lot of cool, kick ass stuff. These heavily armored BearCat-like attack trucks. They’ve got cool motorcycles. And they’ve got helicopters. They even have police planes. They have all this cool stuff depending on where you’re at in the country. So they have some pretty awesome gear. And then like SWAT guys. Come on, who doesn’t like all the stuff SWAT guys load up in? They look pretty sweet.”
I find it incredible this person actually said this. This is a caricature of the bro game developer. If one presented this as satire it wouldn’t be believable.
And yeah, I bet EA did not provide a response to recent follow-up questions, while Ferguson, Missouri is burning.