(I know this is from IGN, but I thought this was still interesting.)
Just to be clear, how these developers went away is not the same for each one. Some were sold or folded into bigger companies, others went down like a ball of fire but still, going away doesn't mean everyone was fired. A lot of them were though *pours one out*.
The 38 Studios thing was so goddamn ugly. I can't even imagine being in the middle of that. Curt Schilling is pretty much broke now which is kind of crazy. Dude invested all of his baseball money into this company. Lot of jobs lost... Rhode Island taxpayers left on the hook just christ man... that entire thing was SUCH a mess.
Hudson Soft, that's hard to believe. I want good new Mario Party games again.
Big Huge Games is still alive. I cried when they first went under with 38 Studios.
Sure, making an Infinity Blade game for the iPad. "Alive"? How many people from Big Huge Games even work there? I guess there's always hope they start making Rise of Nations games again though. Don't really expect Epic to decide to publish an RTS anytime soon though.
wow twenty!?!?! Poor 38 studios, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was a pretty good game :(
I feel the exact opposite: Amalur was a terrible game that got bogged down on its own promises of grandeur, and 38 Studios' demise came from an extremely poor management of the company. It's a lot different from the case of, say, Psygnosis, which was closed by its parent company (Sony) after almost 30 years on the industry. It sucks for the people who lost their jobs, especially under such shitty conditions (mortgages and bank loans and stuff), but as a whole, I don't feel pity for 38 Studios.
I'm glad that most of the ex-Big Huge Game employees got picked up by other developers, though.
So long Zipper, unfortunately SOCOM was your making and your undoing especially with the god awful timing of SOCOM 4's release when the PSN was down. Also Big Huge Games that made such a great game with a rich universe that got squandered by petty real life politics.
Man, I loved Zipper back in the PS2 days. Socom II is still one of my best gaming memories...so much fun with a consistent group of people that I played with. Sadly, I don't think they've put out anything good since Socom II. Does Sony not realize how well that game would do if they put it out in HD on PSN? Certain aspects of it would seem archaic compared to modern online shooters but I think longtime Playstation fans would appreciate it. I miss having an actual server browser and game companies not treating their customers like they're complete fucking idiots.
@JudgeDread: A lot of major studios closed down, probably a thousand people lost jobs, and you're whining that somebody's politicizing this? Nobody mentioned used game sales before you did. Basically, fucking chill.
I'm really gonna miss Hudson Soft, although we apparently lost them a while ago. They obviously made their own bed on this one, releasing several middling games over the last decade, but it's a name that's meant something to me since my childhood.