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Obsidian: We don't do deals that rely on Metacritic any more

Studio careful after the Fallout: New Vegas debacle

Obsidian is well known for two things, making decent RPGs and getting stung for bonuses by Metacritic scores.

After Fallout: New Vegas missed their bonus target Metacritic score by one point Obsidian has been very careful about the bonus contract clauses.

Studio CEO Feargus Urquart explained, “We have a general policy whenever we’re talking to different publishers now: we don’t do anything that has to do with Metacritic. It’s an unfair way of… in a lot of ways it can only be used as a way to take advantage of a developer.” Obsidian: We don't do deals that rely on Metacritic any more

”Ultimately if a game is financially successful,” he continued, “if a developer has back-end royalties on that, then they should make those back-end royalties if they made money for the publisher.”

Obsidian's latest game, South Park: The Stick Of Truth is out now and looks like it might do rather well on Metacritic scoring 86 on the PS3, 82 on the Xbox 360 and 84 on PC.

You can read what we thought of South Park: The Stick Of Truth in our review.

Thanks Eurogamer.

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