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Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian hit with layoffs

By Matt Martin

Wed 27 Apr 2011 7:29am GMT / 3:29am EDT / 12:29am PDT

Staff take to Twitter but studio remains silent

Developer Obsidian Entertainment looks to have been hit with a number of layoffs, according to various staff postings on social network Twitter.

Akil Hopper, who had been with the company for 11 years, posted that he has been laid off after surviving seven previous rounds of redundancy, along with similar messages collected on the official Obsidian website.

As well as working with Bethesda on last year's Fallout: New Vegas, the company is also known for Alpha Protocol for publisher Sega, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II and Neverwinter Nights 2. has contacted Obsidian for comment.

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Michael Armer Studying Games Development National Diploma Level 3, Lancaster and Morecambe College

28 0 0.0
well New Vegas should have been so much better the story was good but the game was let down with silly bugs that killed the game in places for me. Bethesda should have made the game themselves like fallout 3.

Posted:5 years ago


Nick McCrea Gentleman, Pocket Starship

277 744 2.7
Fallout: NV has sold nearly 5m copies all in, the problem is that this kind of work-for-hire where you work on someone else's IP is not massively financially rewarding even if the game is a smash-hit (as New Vegas was).

Their successes (KOTOR2, Fallout: NV, NWN2) have been chiefly for others financial benefit. They seem to be struggling to build enough of a war chest to work on their own IP, which is a real shame because this lot deserve to get off the work-for-hire treadmill.

Posted:5 years ago


Gary Lucero QA Analyst, Advanced

29 11 0.4
I wish the best for Obsidian. I really wish Bethesda would pick them up so they could work full-time making great RPGs instead of struggling for publishing deals.

But Obsidian is definitely one of the best developers out there. Alpha Protocol was brilliant in so many ways, and Fallout New Vegas is excellent. They have their problems, but they are a great developer that seems to be struggling because they don't have the resources to do otherwise.

Posted:5 years ago


Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game

1,292 456 0.4
Hate to be pedantic (actually I love being pedantic) but how has he worked 11 years at a studio that was formed 8 years ago? Does this actually mean he worked at Black Isle with the people who formed Obsidian?

Posted:5 years ago


James Boulton Tools & Tech Coder, Slightly Mad Studios

146 186 1.3
That's sad, New Vegas was superb. In my opinion far better than Fallout 3, and that was all down to the quality of the story and character interaction, and that's all down to those fine people at Obsidian.

I also concur work for hire isn't the business to be in, although sadly a difficult one to get out of.

Posted:5 years ago


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