Midway has confirmed the departure of Harvey Smith, the creative director of BlackSite: Area 51, who recently criticised the project before it had even been released in Europe, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

At the Montreal International Games Summit in Quebec, Smith referred to the project as "...so f***ed up."

Midway said only that Smith's departure was by mutual decision, and did not comment further. It is unclear whether the mutual decision was made before the lead designer's recent comments.

When asked why he was so forthcoming about his feelings on BlackSite development, Smith said only that he believed in "personal accountability".

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"This project was so ****ed up."

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