The Biggest WTF Moments in the Gaming Industry in 2011
THQ shuts down Kaos
Kaos made a hit game this year in Homefront, a title that didn’t garner ecstatic reviews but managed to pull in a couple million in sales. Apparently 2 million copies sold, though — a total most developers would kill for — and an announced sequel weren’t good enough, and THQ followed up on the game’s success by completely shutting down the studio responsible for it.
Now, we don’t know what cause THQ’s leadership had for pulling such a move, but it’s hard for us to be sympathetic toward them when they closed a studio that so obviously benefited the company’s bottom line, considering Homefront was one of THQ’s most successful titles in 2011.
Team Bondi goes under
LA Noire, Team Bondi’s first title, did well, selling upwards of four million copies since its release in May. Despite being a hot seller right out of the gate, though, stories of poor working conditions and unpaid overtime were enough to override any good feelings the game had directed toward the studio.
Suddenly, reports were that Rockstar wouldn’t publish Team Bondi’s next game, and then the rumors said they were selling off all their assets, and then the head of the studio left the company, and then they went into administration. Just a few months after releasing a wildly successful debut title, Team Bondi was for all intents and purposes dead. If they make a comeback, it will be one for the ages.
And that’s what we think of when we think of WTF this year? You got any better ideas? Share them below.