Since it's already been hashed and re-hashed quite a few times, I don't think I need to reiterate the concerns that have developed around Rockstar Games in recent weeks. If you're looking for a primer, you can read this post, which attempts to detail the basics. While I was able to get former employees to speak about the company, there's been no official statement made about the concerns, save for a generic "Rockstar does not comment on rumors or speculation." Until now!
Posted on their official website was a Q&A with fan questions submitted via Twitter, Facebook and other social networky places. While some of the Q&A featured simple questions asking for cheats to "Chinatown Wars," a pair of them had fans asking for an official response to the working condition issues and the current state of "Red Dead Redemption." Here's the official, very-long-paragraph response from Rockstar:
"First off, you guys have nothing to worry about: Red Dead Redemption is coming to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on April 27th 2010 (April 30th in Europe) - and we could not be more excited with how the game is looking and playing as it nears the end of development. As for the stories spreading around the internet, yes we have noticed them. Unfortunately, this is a case of people taking the opinions of a few anonymous posters on message boards as fact. No business is ever perfect, but Rockstar Games is a tight knit team made up of around 900 supremely talented and motivated professionals, many of whom have worked here for a very long time. We're saddened if any former members of any studio did not find their time here enjoyable or creatively fulfilling and wish them well with finding an environment more suitable to their temperaments and needs, but the vast majority of our company are focused solely on delivering cutting edge interactive entertainment. We've always cared passionately about the people working here, and have always tried to maintain a supportive creative environment. There is simply no way Rockstar could continue to produce such large scale, high quality games without this. That being said, making great games is very challenging, which is why we have and will continue to try to keep hold of some of the best talent in the industry and support them in every way we can."
In brief, they're denying the claims of working condition issues, which is what you'd expect from an official response...especially when there's a potential class action lawsuit in the works. Well, it's certainly better than deafening silence, right?