This Is Vegas Dead, A "Ridiculous Waste Of Money"
Sometimes, we make an "oopsie." But when we're talking about this kind of money, "oops" doesn't even begin to describe it.
We've seen developers waste money on eventually defunct projects in this industry before, but if all the information is accurate, the death of This is Vegas takes the cake. As CVG reports, a "cast iron source" has said the anticipated Warner Bros. game has been canceled after three years of design time. The publisher closed the studio responsible - Surreal Software - earlier this year and quietly scattered the staff between Monolith and Snowblind; this was after Warner's 2009 purchase of part of Midway's assets for $33 million. Said the source in question:
"Apparently the entire This Is Vegas project has been totally canned. Midway spent in the region of $43 million up to the point when it was being sold to WB [July 2009]. Alan Patmore, who was [Surreal] studio boss, either left or was let go - but considering the resources and art created this is a lot of work down the drain.
It was moving along to a point where the title was on the [Warner] schedule for release late last year - but [development] still needed another eight months to a year to finish, with a studio burn rate of $250,000 per month."
What the...? So like, the whole thing would've cost $50 million and they had already spent $43 million? The source added that "it's a ridiculous waste of money" especially when you consider other projects that can make a profit with a tiny fraction of that cost. The source cites Konami's Saw, which saw profit with a budget of only $3 million. This is Vegas was supposed to have arrived for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC but as of now...it's gone.
Related Game(s): This is Vegas
8/25/2010 10:25:06 AM Ben Dutka