Troika gone belly up?

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by Odin, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. Montez

    Montez So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Jun 20, 2003
    Considering their love of Fallout and that Troika's last game was an FPS/RPG hybrid, I don't think they'd having any qualms about working on Fallout 3 with Bethesda no matter which direction they take it.
     
  2. Sol Invictus

    Sol Invictus First time out of the vault

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    Jun 15, 2004
    I just don't see the Troikites packing up and moving to Maryland just to work with Bethesda. There's plenty of work opportunities for them in California.
     
  3. King of Creation

    King of Creation Vault Fossil

    Dec 9, 2003
    East coast 4 life.

    Really though,there's plenty over here that could entice them. You know....nice foliage, good lobsters, and the Fallout license.
     
  4. Fez

    Fez It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    May 27, 2003
    It'd be the ex-Troika who would have to fit in while working under Bioware's system, not the other way around. At least they might learn how to turn a decent profit. Lord knows they could do with one.
     
  5. Tannhauser

    Tannhauser Venerable Relic of the Wastes
    Orderite

    Mar 18, 2004
    Bah! You are a New Englander, what do you know about life in the Mid-Atlantic?
     
  6. Lost Metal

    Lost Metal Olde Skull

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    Jan 3, 2004
    I said it earlier, people gotta eat. If Troika is indeed going under, remember the past history of the employees and not what they have to resort to, to survive.

    They may be famous and revered to us, but they are most likely not rich men.
     
  7. Fez

    Fez It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    May 27, 2003
    At least they have a good chance of getting a decent job. They won't be in the workhouse because of this.
     
  8. Phil

    Phil It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Oct 26, 2003
    You think so ? They just lost their one decent job; after all, they started a new company. Think about it: they didn't want to work for some huge company where they can 'sit safe' and develop the sims VII, nor some dorky console game, and the current situation (as shown by this very event) doesn't allow small, innovative (and even successful) startup companies to create games.

    So, no. I think they will have a hard time getting a 'decent' job.
     
  9. Fez

    Fez It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    May 27, 2003
    By decent I mean getting money and looking after their families and mortgages while living comfortably. Getting to work on a dream game is second to that.
     
  10. Phil

    Phil It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Oct 26, 2003
    Then don't call it a 'decent' job. I doubt they would.
     
  11. Bradylama

    Bradylama Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Oct 22, 2003
    This is California we're talking about, here. I'd move the fuck out of there to work were I in their position.
     
  12. sunny jim

    sunny jim First time out of the vault

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    Jul 13, 2004
    i'm not playing computer games for the past few years(once about a year i get a fallout frenzy and i play it again), and probably the only game i'll play in the future, is fallout3. if troika does close, and their devs will be hired by bethesda to work on fallout 3, then i'll real happy with troika closing... i'm thinking just about myself, and what's best for me, so don't slap me silly too hard :lol:
    it's just that... when it comes to computer games, i don't care about anything other than the fallout. so, if troika closing will benefit fallout 3, then i'll be a happy camper...
     
  13. Fez

    Fez It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    May 27, 2003
    I'd say a job that lets you have plenty money is decent. Having plenty while working on your dream is fantastic, beyond merely decent. So yes, I somehow think they would call it decent. I also think you are holding them to far higher "moral" standards than they would hold themselves.
     
  14. Mandrew

    Mandrew First time out of the vault

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    Feb 17, 2005
    Where are they now?

    Everyone's talking about what the ex-Troika people are going to do. The reality is that for the past several months Troika has been on a skeleton crew. The real layoffs happened in two waves at the start and end of November, and a lot of people have already moved on. I know of ex-Troika people working for all of these companies:

    Activision
    Day One Studios
    Mythic Entertainment
    Obsidian Entertainment
    Point of View (2)
    Seven Studios (2)
    Sony (2)
    Supervillains (2)
    Swinging Ape
    Tiger Hare (2+)
    Turtle Rock
    Treyarch

    (And any of you who are reading this and don't see your current employer listed, by all means PM me. Let's not lose touch.)
     
  15. Sol Invictus

    Sol Invictus First time out of the vault

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    Jun 15, 2004
    I would too, but they have their lives invested in CA. Moving is a pain i the ass especially when you've got a family and your kids are already in good schools.
     
  16. Odin

    Odin Carbon Dated and Proud
    Admin

    Apr 2, 2003
    Bethesda could contract them, instead of hiring them. And thus all this moving wouldn't have to happen.
     
  17. greatatlantic

    greatatlantic It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Jan 29, 2005
    Is Mandrew in the industry? I think an Obsidian fellow posted earlier that Troika talent had gone else where, but this is the first time I've heard about financial difficulties beggining in November. It would make sense, though, as thats when they stopped talking about adding a third team and four mysterious projects. Yet, no one could go from expansion to liquidation in so short a time with out some event triggering it. So, anyone know what happened? Did Activision renig on royalties, or did the game just not sell up to expectations? So many questions, so much sadness.
     
  18. Sol Invictus

    Sol Invictus First time out of the vault

    95
    Jun 15, 2004
    Mandrew = Andrew Meggs, Lead Programmer for Bloodlines.

    It sounds like Activision didn't pay them for the final build and the last milestone for Bloodlines. That would explain the bugs, the slow patching and the overall unpolished quality of the game.
     
  19. Murdoch

    Murdoch Half-way Through My Half-life
    Orderite

    Nov 24, 2003
    So, why not sue instead of shuttering the offices?
     
  20. Bradylama

    Bradylama Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Oct 22, 2003
    A lawsuit costs money, particularly for the plaintiff. They'd have to close down the offices anyways.