What Happens When Activision Buys A Developer

Did a purchase by mega-publisher Activision have an adverse effect on the culture of Bizarre Creations, the developers of the Project Gotham series?

"We weren't an independent studio making ‘our' games anymore – we were making games to fill slots", Bizarre's former creative director Martyn Chudley tells Edge. "Although we did all believe in them, they were more the products of committees and analysts. The culture we'd worked on for so long gradually eroded just enough so that it wasn't ‘ours' anymore."

That's a yes, then.


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    Why sell then? I assume the original owners of the studio pocketed enough to make it worthwhile?
    (I'm not tryign to be cynical here - it's a serious question.)

      I guess it's less a question of money and more one of creative control. If developers are just making games to fill slots that analysts and PR people think will sell well, a lot of their imagination and creativity is lost.

      Game developers don't pocket that much at all, most often the publishers hold the key to any finance whether it is the money to pay for development, publishing/marketing, and anything to put in their pocket. This often drastically changes between games.

      They didn't go and say, "Please buys us!" Activision would have approached them and said, "We'll give you X much and finance all your projects so you having to worry about that. But in exchange we will OWN you."

      It may sound good, but it's self-destructive in the end.

        Ah so let me see.

        As an independent developer, you are probably scarmbling for capital to fund your next project. Maybe it's all getting a bit too hard and you think you mgiht have to shut down. Along comes a big publisher with funding and promising you'll have independence. Considering your current state of affairs you suspend disbelief and sign up. Eventually you will get shut down, but maybe you eeked out a few extra years ...

        I think i might cry myself to sleep tonight.

    To all the Bizarre Creations employee's:

    GET THE F- OUT OF THERE WHILE YOU STILL HAVE A SOUL! KOTICK WILL EAT IT IF YOU STAY TOO LONG!

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