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DeathTrip
02-24-2005, 05:42 PM
http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=5008

Troika Confirms Company Closure (http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=5008)

Leonard Boyarsky, Tim Cain and Jason Anderson of California-based developer Troika Games have now made an official announcement of the developer’s closure. The news comes after recent speculation (http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=4988) on the developer's future, following two rounds of employee layoffs in late 2004.

The company recently completed work on Source Engine-powered PC FPS/RPG Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines for publisher Activision, and has also been responsible for similarly hardcore PC role-playing games The Temple of Elemental Evil and Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura – with many of the employees being veterans of classic Black Isle/Interplay titles such as Fallout and Baldur’s Gate.

Some will see Troika’s closure as evidence that such niche PC titles can no longer thrive so easily, at least not in areas of the U.S. where wages and development costs are relatively high, without some form of high-profile license. In particular, Troika's failure to acquire the Fallout 3 license, which the company had been hoping to create a high-profile title for before Bethesda successfully sealed a deal with Interplay in late 2004, likely helped contribute to its demise.

According to the statement today, the developer has laid off all its employees and is closing its doors, due to an inability to secure funding for future projects. No decision has been made as to whether the developer will attempt to regroup for future projects, or whether this will be the end of the Troika name forever.

The final comments from the company are regarding its fans and former employees: "We want to thank all of our fans for their support these past seven years, it has really meant a lot to us that there were people out there who enjoyed our games enough to create fan-sites and follow our progress as a company. But we especially want to thank all of our employees - we had the pleasure of working with the some of the most dedicated, hard working, creative people in the industry, and we really appreciate all that they did for Troika."

dmonk
02-24-2005, 05:52 PM
Too bad for all those employees. Anyone on this forums affected? I remember them advertising on the job board here not too long ago.

Xevious
02-24-2005, 05:58 PM
Thats too bad. I heard PC games are not selling as well as the consoles. This could be futher evidence of that fact.

RayenD
02-24-2005, 06:20 PM
That's very, very sad news. Arcanium and Bloodlines were great games, a diamonds in an ocean of poo... they were one of the few developers out there who managed to tell a story using game as a medium.

Freddy Froglok
02-24-2005, 06:41 PM
I'm sorry to see Troika go. The Baldur's Gate and ToEE series were fun to play and actually had a semi-epic storyline, although ToEE was contaminated by the ressurected Atari. It's sad to see all the old names going under or being bought for peanuts merely to acquire the name to publish a few lameduck titles. I hope that if Troika does come back, it's not in the Atari fashion.

Thalaxis
02-24-2005, 07:26 PM
Thats too bad. I heard PC games are not selling as well as the consoles. This could be futher evidence of that fact.

If it's not the case it, it won't be long before it is, so you're either correct now, or will be soon.

It's pretty sad though, that it's companies like Troika that go down. These niche games seem not to
do all that well any more, but they tend also to be the more interesting and imaginative titles out there.

richcz3
02-24-2005, 07:49 PM
In a day and age where there is a multiplayer component to virtually every PC title. Troikas decision to keep Masquerade single player only, couldn't have helped. The increasing competition between publishers and the consolidation of the games industry will most likley hasten the exit from PC only games in the months and years to come.

Thalaxis
02-24-2005, 08:00 PM
Very good point. That's also another area where PC's have had an edge over consoles for a long
time, but don't any longer.

-Vormav-
02-24-2005, 08:13 PM
In a day and age where there is a multiplayer component to virtually every PC title. Troikas decision to keep Masquerade single player only, couldn't have helped. The increasing competition between publishers and the consolidation of the games industry will most likley hasten the exit from PC only games in the months and years to come.
True as that may be, I doubt that the addition of a multiplayer feature in Bloodlines would have raised the sales enough to keep the company in business.

PyRoT
02-25-2005, 12:39 AM
Perhaps games are becoming like music and movies. Substance is a vice.

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