When Josef Fares appeared at The Game Awards today to introduce a new trailer for his next project, A Way Out, it seemed like business as usual. But the creator of the critically acclaimed Brothers: A Tale or Two Sons might have gotten a little to excited to be there.
Fares has a reputation for being outspoken and opinionated, and he lived up to it with an off-script rant that probably had everyone exchanging furtive glances and pulling at their collars. In addition to discussing the release date for A Way Out, as well as its new co-op trial mode, he said, "Fuck the Oscars!"
He began by telling the crowd how excited he was to be there, and proclaimed the superiority of The Game Awards to the Oscars. Fares has some personal experience to make that comparison, as he was a filmmaker before he became a game developer.
“There are, like, passionate people, there are crazy people and there is me,” said Fares. “Look, the Oscars should fuck themselves up. This is the shit! I’m telling you — this is, this is the real shit!”
That line got some applause, after which Fares apologized to The Game Awards creator and host Geoff Keighley. Then, after checking with Keighley that he could swear -- the Game Awards is an independent livestreamed event -- Fares picked up where he left off.
“Fuck the Oscars, you know? Fuck the Oscars! Fuck you!” Fares shouted, giving the middle finger to the camera.
Fares also spoke up to defend Electronic Arts — which is publishing A Way Out under its EA Originals program — saying that while it deserves criticism for its use of microtransactions in games like Star Wars Battlefront 2, the company has been very good to him. “It’s nice to hate EA, blah, blah — I don’t care about that shit," he said. "What I’m saying is this: All publishers fuck up sometimes, you know?”
In the end, Keighley had to regain control of Fares' energy and redirect attention back to the game. It was the only way out. You can watch the entire bizarre spectacle as well as more footage of A Way Out in the video below.