It's a risky business. One strike and you're out. Irrational Games is closing down and its... well, Irrational Games! One of the best large studios in the world. It's got me wondering — is there a future for AAA games when the risk of failure is so high and the cost of failure so final?
Yeah, yeah. I know Ken Levine wants to focus on smaller games. That's fine. That's understandable. But there is a pattern here: if a AAA game doesn't perform spectacularly there is a good chance your studio might fail.
Does this mean there's no future for AAA games? Maybe. Maybe it means the games industry is just changing to something similar to Hollywood, where the folks that make movies wander from project to project like nomads. Who knows.