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BUSINESS THREAD: The industry Nitty Gritty

Starting off, Activision just had a massive layoffs and a possible studio closure

http://www.destructoid.com/activision-has-a-round-of-layoffs-entire-minneapolis-location-may-have-closed-341635.phtml

So long Skylanders and Guitar Hero.
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Anonymous
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>>199220

yea, that was the reason they bought King. Well has begun to run dry for them and they needed a new cash cow.
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>>199222
I'm hoping desperation drives them to Platinum with the Spider-Man license.
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Anonymous
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>>199223
Known moneymaker Platinum Games
>>199224
While true they are equally well known for taking on properties not their own (in fact they prefer it as they can crib art assets), working extremely economically on a very limited budget, being critical smash hits and are known for being vocal fans of Spider-Man who have stated numerous times they'd love a shot it.

Activision is just gonna throw the license and some pocket change at someone to shit something out for the movies, why not let it be the only studio that can delivery quality on those terms?
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Anonymous
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>>199225
Their combat system they've been tweaking along the way would work really well.
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>>199226
And Transformer's showed their promise with a guided open world.
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Anonymous
>>199227
Yea the City Scape they build looked really nice. Now they just need to expand on that a bit more.
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Anonymous
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>>199225
>Activision is just gonna throw the license and some pocket change at someone to shit something out for the movies, why not let it be the only studio that can delivery quality on those terms?
Because Activision has not, does not, and never will care about quality, only the bottom line. Now clearly SOMEONE there likes Platinum because they've been fished for 3 successive tie-ins (or the deal stipulated 3 titles to begin with but this isn't 80's Hollywood so) but did Korra or Transformers actually do WELL?
>>199231
Well is actually the perfect descriptor for how the sales did for both those games and as such I'm saying you can look at this with a cold and calculated business eye and see platinum as an ideal rubber stamp "sure do whatever within these guidelines."