Games studios are very much like movie studios. A lot of money is invested in every project, and sometimes it’s a roll of the dice if it pays off or not. We’ve seen several big name yet financially troubled game studios being rolled into their parent (Atlus being a recent example). It’s an investment, a gamble, created with a whole host of people’s blood sweat and tears in order to have their creation see the light of day.
Rolling them back into the parent, reorganizing them, or just cutting them entirely is, of course, a business decision, and the corporate heads look purely at the monetary concerns, nothing more.
But really, what are they getting out of some of these decisions? As anyone in the industry can tell you, the more a parent company/publisher meddles in the development process, the worse the result tends to be. Exploiting your own brands (and quite often running them into the ground) generates some short-term cash, but doesn’t help a long term situation.
Smaller dev’s in the states are constantly shifted, bought, sold, and disbanded, and that’s just part of the industry. Even so, the more cooks they try to shove in front of a pot, the greater the chance that the result will be something horrendous.
The Tales Studio has obviously had financial problems, but their games themselves have sold well. If that’s the case, Namco should reorganize the studio and help make their work easier and more efficient, and get the hell away from the creative process.
Accountants don’t typically make grandiose tales that enrapture the hearts (and wallets) of hundreds of thousands of people. They work with numbers. Stick to what you know, and let us creative people do our job as well.
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