Feature Share it: Tweet The Odyssey of Skulls of the Shogun Developer 17-bit gives us a look behind the scenes at their darling turn-based strategy game. By: Jose Otero January 31, 2012 It’s a sunny and brisk winter morning in Seattle on January 14, 2013 as Jake Kazdal arrives at his independent game studio, 17-bit. I find a few of his employees huddled around a small TV as they start their workday with an impromptu session of Steel Battalion for the original Xbox.
It is something we see far more often than many of us would like: A game hits it big and the publisher responsible for it proceeds to annualize it or, at the very least, provide each subsequent release with little breathing room before yet another follow-up is released. The short-term rewards for doing so promote a temptation to exploit series in a way that can be harmful to the quality of the games in question and the series as a whole.
Following rumors that began to circulate yesterday, the news was made official today: Junction Point Studios is the latest game development studio to be shut down. While far from outright shocking, considering the moves its parent company had made in recent years, this does call attention to how quickly things can go south for a developer, even one with a name like Warren Spector at the helm. Spector, who is best known for his earlier work on games like System Shock and Deus Ex , founded the studio in 2005
This spring will mark three years since Respawn Entertainment was established by Jason West and Vince Zampella, the founders of Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward.
Four years ago, Ubisoft was heavily advertising its games around episodes of South Park. In the next few months, it’ll likely be doing that once again, only this time it will be doing this as the publishers of the newest South Park game, The Stick of Truth .