What are examples of publishers fucking over game developers?

I heard people on Ganker say to avoid publishers, but no one post a link showing why.

  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    vampire the masquerade bloodlines

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The game would have been in development hell for eternity until it eventually collapsed if the publisher hadn't forced their hand.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ea

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      many suck cases

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    All of them

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Because publishers offer nothing in a world where you can distribute games yourself digitally and advertise games yourself through social media.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Which publishers? You need to be more specific.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Devolver is one of the only good ones

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Take a look at what happened to fucking Alice

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    20 Years ago publishers actually did something to localize, package, distribute and market your game. Today they'll just foward you some money for wages while doing none of the other stuff and in return they'll take all of your profits until they get their money back and after they'll take most of the revenue instead of all. Also they may include clauses to steal your IP under certain conditions in the contract.

    It's happened to a bunch of indie devs who've gone bankrupt due to publishers. Basically would you ever do business with a garden gnome?

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Volition. Apparently Gangster shit was going to be the theme for the SR reboot but Deep Silver execs said no and said to pander to the Twitter crowd

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Also this, they can demand creative control of your game and also they can prevent you from working with anyone else if you don't like them. It's just like how a realtor can have you sign an exclusive contract which only lets you work with them for 6 months etc and if you sell the house using anyone else during that time they will sue you for damages.

      Literal scummiest parasites you can imagine.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Not just the reboot, publishers fucked over SR3. It was supposed to be much darker and closer to SR2 in tone with a much more coherent story but THQ forced them to rewrite it a dozen times and add tons of wacky shit because that's what makes money. When THQ went under, Volition made sure to add a couple of jabs at them in SR4.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        What are those jabs? I must have missed them since SR4 was all over the place

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          It's a real quick blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment. When you overload the simulation and force it to shut down, if you look at the mock console screen, you'll see some lines that say shit to the effect of "ERROR: TeeAychCue_OUT_OF_MONEY" mixed in with the other code.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    what game is she from again?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This one drawing must have boosted GRIS's sales by a huge margin. It's insane how effective this sale banner was.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        she tricked millions

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah, but the game was alright. For the very little it cost during the sale, it was fine.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I spent like half an hour trying to figure out what game she was from, so it was effective, but I never found the answer, so it wasn't.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Bethesda and the whole New Vegas debacle

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      But New Vegas' devs have nothing but good things to say about their treatment during NV's development

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >hey, we'll give you a chance to make the game you always wanted to
      >here's a complete game
      >here's all the assets
      >here's a game editor a retard can use
      >and if you get even mediocre reviews, we'll give you a bonus!
      ..and Bethesda is the bad guy? lol

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Who's the publisher that fucked over a bunch of indies? Dangen?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Them and Nicalis

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Literally every game published by Chucklefish
    Stardew Valley
    >give dev no help whatsoever
    >basically ghost his ass
    >he has to do all the work alone
    Starbound
    >gimp all the fucking mechanics and remove a fuckton of content already in the game
    >only dev that knew what he was doing disappears
    >dog fiasco
    >they put the game in the freezer after turning it into dogshit

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the entirety of dead space 3

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Nicalis

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Beat me to it.
      They have fucked overever single game that they got their grubby hands on.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There is a 2D souls like Metroidvania called Vigil that recently got pulled from stores because they made some reference to Taiwans existence, like a word spelled backwards or something and the publisher freaked out and pulled the game down.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      https://steamcommunity.com/app/720560/discussions/0/6045572169621109467/

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Eidos killed CORE Design and classic Tomb Raider, Interplay killed Black Isle then themselves. Recently Square Enix screwed up both Deus Ex and Hitman.

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Nicalis stole Cave Story from pixel and have been milking it for 3 re-releases already while leaving him to rot with only Kero Blaster to his name
    Some publishers are ok though like New Blood but those are just a bunch of devs that said "hey why not help other devs publish their works too could be fun"

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    who was she

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      GRIS

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        GRIS! (with FIS)

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          every day until you like it

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        OH MY SCIENCE SO DEEP

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        What a hideous art style.

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm amazed Future Club (skullgirl thieves) aren't the first to be mentioned. Especially since they begged steam AGAIN to remove negative reviews and lock all topics in the hub on the matter

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm just sad Alex and Mike didn't team up to make the skullgirls killer to fund the rebuy of the IP that they should own by all the rights.
      No Indivisible does not count the only thing it killed is itself plus i'm fairly sure Mike didn't make it he just worked on it until he got fired

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Don't forget mike actually censored alot of Alex's stuff which he wasnt happy about. Then didnt defend him when other artists were soi with him because they claimed he was difficult to work with. It's like wtf! HES the actual artist of the whole cast and they just piggie backed off his work.....kinda like what FC have been doing for the past 5 years with his cutting room floor shit.
        I mean fuck Marie's chest has already been censored (flattened) and shes not even out yet

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It can go the other way too. See Gearbox & Sega with Alien: Colonial Marines where Gearbox took Segas money and funneled it into other projects instead of what they were contractually obligated to use it towards.

  22. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Every game when EA was under Kotick
    Redfall
    Ark
    Fallen Earth under GamersFirst
    Archeage under Trion (still hurts)

  23. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Look at everything Amazon has touched.

  24. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Nicalis stole cave story because people said so!

  25. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    People always blame EA but I have it on good authority that both Bioware and Respawn were the sole responsibles for their fuckups.

    EA is actually hands-off with their studios pretty much.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      People hate EA because of their gnomish practices and killing companies/franchises while being responsible for the state they're in. The only I can think is worse is Dangen. Like at least EA don't outright acts like they hate their moneymakers.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I hate EA because lootboxes and how they screwed over the PvZ devs

  26. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  27. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Not really a publisher fucking over a developer, but the way TPCi and game freak manhandled genius sonority was definitely some shit.

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