Last edited by DeathPig; 25-05-2012 at 02:02 AM. Reason: Cnat splel
Seemed like they were planning at first to always do the MMO. Then realizing how much time and money it was going to be, they converted their work into a single player RPG, with intent to still make a MMO. Kinda like Torchlight plan is, but without actually planning it from the start (tho they went for Torchlight 2 instead of MMO yet, which honestly they should just avoid and stay with their niche "we are not D3" crowd). 40k MMO got downsized into just a singleplayer/co op. They burned money on BHG, on expensive consultants and talent, and they had to have a 400+ employees by 2013 (or 2014, I forget). To much of a lofty promise on hiring that many people. They could have done Amalaur and possibly made a profit with 500k-700k units sold. (Witcher 2 hit 1 mil, there abouts? Which was done with a lot less people)
Terrible mismanagement, lofty loan agreement to hire that many, and the hope that you can make MMO = free gold.
It would be interesting to see where the money has gone though. With a state government and tax payers money involved, perhaps their accounts will get a good look over. Having said that, I'm sure there are people involved on the R.I. Economic Development Corporation who wouldn't want that happening.
Last edited by Xune; 25-05-2012 at 11:37 AM.
I know it's way off topic, but it's astounding and a bit frightening to me (considering europe is slowly but surely moving in a similar direction) how absolutely dreadful worker rights are protected in the US. Your employer is in financial troubles? Too bad for you, they just fired you with a five line email overnight, better luck next time! Oh, and that health insurance that's paying for your pregnant wife's hospital stay? That's gone, too - hope you have some money saved up!
Workers have no rights and should be grateful to be given the opportunity to work for such bold, daring and insightful leaders. If they had any worth at all they'd be in business for themselves. What are you, some kind of pinko socialist commie liberal? You make me sick. :P
You can keep your same health insurance plan for 18 months, but of course are paying for it now instead of your employer.
Schilling said it passed EA projections at 1.2 million https://twitter.com/gehrig38/status/205468697639391232 Who knows if that means sold or shipped.
While the government is saying the game failed and had to sell 3 million to break even.
Gross irresponsibility. I really feel for those guys who just had the rug pulled out from under them.
Of course Curt knows what he is doing in the video game industry.
He's a baseball player.
We could have fast food employees doing open heart surgery, or community organizers being elected president.
It's an exciting world
Well also, he was really good at WoW, so he must know how to run a studio that develops an MMO.
Also, was that an Obama dig?
Here's what I don't get:
38 Studios self-published Amalur on Steam; hence, they control the price it sells at, correct?
Why did they not ever put the game on sale? Valve has been shown to work with PC gaming developers / publishers all the time; why not go to Valve and say "We need money, badly, we need to do a 66% off sale on Amalur right away to get revenue."
You see stories about how Steam sales help save companies, I think Introversion is the biggest story of that. Sure, it wouldn't have gotten them the millions to pay the debt, but I think selling the game for $20 would have done *something*... at least it would have been enough to pay the employees.
As it is, it seems like Schilling just gave up.
Also, will the game now get pulled from Steam since 38 Studios is pretty much defunct? Who gets the profit from an Amalur sale there?