Twitter is ablaze with rows over the importance of Metacritic to publishers and developers this morning, after Obsidian's Chris Avellone revealed that Bethesda only offered them a bonus for Fallout: New Vegas if it accrued a score of 85% or higher on Metacritic. Sadly, it came in at 84% despite shifting over 5 million copies.
"FNV was a straight payment, no royalties, only a bonus if we got an 85+ on Metacritic, which we didn't."
Publishers frequently use Metacritic as a sole quantitative measure of a game's quality, but we're not convinced that it's a particularly fair basis for a bonus scheme. What say you, gamers?
Obsidian is currently facing more urgent problems, however, with a number of layoffs reported that affect the South Park RPG and a cancelled Microsoft project.
Bethesda's round of post-release content for Fallout New Vegas was set to launch another wasteland chunk on consumers this month, with the Lonesome Road DLC pack set for release at the end of August. However, Bethesda have today announced Lonesome Road won't be released this month, due to an unforeseen "factor" forcing Bethesda's hand in delaying the DLC.Click here for more