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.