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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.

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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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Matt Martin: Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.
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