Up to 30 jobs lost at Obsidian - report

UPDATE: New Vegas devs denied bonus over Metacritic score


An Obsidian developer has revealed he was denied a bonus for Fallout: New Vegas after it missed its Metacritic target by a single point.

"FNV was a straight payment, no royalties, only a bonus if we got an 85+ on Metacritic, which we didn't," tweeted Obsidian designer Chris Avellone.

The game actually achieved a Metacritic of 84.

Original story

Fallout New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment has let go a number of development staff echoing a similar move last April.

According to a tipster taking to Joystiq, those affected included staff working on the forthcoming South Park MMO for publisher THQ and a others on a potential next-gen project.

"Another project cancelled, this time for a future next-gen project and the layoffs impacted that team, plus the existing South Park team," said the source.

"Approximately 20-30 people from all disciplines, including one person who started yesterday, as well as one who started last week."

A number of staff have taken to Twitter to confirm the layoffs.

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Latest comments (2)

Terence Gage Freelance writer 4 years ago
I feel sorry for Obsidian, being held to ransom by bloody Metcritic of all things! And it's a bit shit really, given that from the reviews I read a lot of the main criticism seemed to be on the technical side, and they had to work with Gamebryo despite its much-documented existing issues.

I feel that Obsidian - as well as Digital Extremes - could produce some really good games, if they were afforded creative freedom and a lot of financial backing. But, I guess after Alpha Protocol and in this safe-sequel sphere big-budget gaming generally inhabits these days, that's probably pretty unlikely.
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Private Industry 4 years ago
Good luck to the peopke to find something new.

I loved Alpha Protocol despite its bugs, it was Spy Effect :) And it was less bugy than Skyrim *ps3 version cough cough*
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