Isn't Blizzard independent?
Well, that's something I wouldn't have expected.
um, that's not entirely true. epic made ut3.
and they built the unreal engine. that sort of counts..
UT3 was released back in 2007 (and the Linux/Mac ports are still "forthcoming"). Gears of War got a Windows port a year after the 360 version, and GoW2 has no port planned. I think they're out of the PC biz.
Edited at 2009-06-24 08:49 pm (UTC)
Also, a huge part of Epic's business is engine licensing. And Valve is basically a publisher now, via Steam. Bungie is one of the only major independent game developers I can think of making blockbuster titles.
Ah, I forgot about Bungie! As primarily a Mac developer, then primarily a 360 developer (when they were owned by MS), I'd never get to play any of their games until they were already historical.
Crytek is still independent as far as I know. Sure they might have to flee the ravening cries of misplaced idealogues if the politicians get their way, but at least they aren't owned by a board accountants. Funcom is also independent now that I think of it.
id getting bought up doesn't bother me much simply because I can't see how it will effect their products. id is not a shrinking violet of a developer whose quirky ideas would be shouted down by a the man at the top. They are a well tuned functioning artery of graphical development whose games are guaranteed to outsell all competitors when released (so long as that is not in November). In otherwords, its hard to screw them up.
Yeah, I doubt it will hurt their games. But id has also been really cool to the free software world: linux ports of everything since the original quake, and releasing the source code to their engines after they're obsolete. Nobody else does that! It's the kind of thing I'd expect a larger publisher to put a stop to, since it obviously doesn't increase shareholder value.
Eh, that kind of thing happens in cycles.
HA. The article lists a Spiderweb Software game at a real level :D
But yeah, uggh too low guys :(
Not just "Cheap" but also "Artsy" like the game that won Indy Game of the year is some $5 game from... sweden? I dunno. It's weird. About balloons or something.
2009-06-25 05:56 am (UTC)
Do they make anything in house? All the LucasArts stuff I've been hearing about lately is licensing Star Wars, Monkey Island, etc. to other developers.
2009-06-25 03:43 pm (UTC)