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93. Re: EU to Allow Digital Software Resales? Jul 4, 2012, 19:53 Jerykk
Kajetan wrote on Jul 4, 2012, 08:17:
Jerykk wrote on Jul 4, 2012, 06:37:
Good luck making games like Skyrim, Arkham City, Deus Ex, GTA, etc, without a publisher.
Bethesda was able to make Morrowind and Oblivion and Skyrim without a typical publisher, who prefinanced the whole shebang.

Really, you dont need to have publishers anymore. Start small, be effective, dont grow too fast, keep small & effective teams, keep a focused developement schedule. Make money with your first game, make the second game a little bit bigger. Grow organic, do not explode.

Look at Runic and the production values of TL2. No need for any fucking publisher at all. Look at Hard Reset and it gorgeous destruction orgy. Publisher are on the way out, there are and will be more and more far better alternatives to make a profit with even huge games like GTA.

Bethesda IS a publisher. Bethesda Softworks is the publisher, Bethesda Game Studios is the development studio that makes the ES games. Bethesda Softworks has published many games, including all the ES games. So again, no, you can't make a game like Morrowind, Oblivion or Skyrim without a publisher.

And are you really comparing Torchlight and Hard Reset to Skyrim? Skyrim has higher production values and a significantly larger scope than both games combined. Big, complex games with high production values require lots of assets, scripting and code. Those things require large teams if you want to finish development within 3 years. Therefore, publishers are still necessary.
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