More Reviews
REVIEWS Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunk Review
I was confident in my Dark Souls abilities. Then From Software released new Dark Souls II DLC.

The Swapper Review
One of 2013's best indie games swaps its way to Sony platforms.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Pillars of Eternity Preview
For Obsidian's crowdfunded love letter to Infinity Engine games like Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate, I was impressed by its willingness to pull back the curtain and let me see the machinery behind it.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES CounterSpy
Release date: 08/19/14

Tales of Xillia 2
Release date: 08/19/14

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Release date: 08/19/14

Madden NFL 15
Release date: 08/26/14


LATEST FEATURES Interview: Forging the Rings of Power in Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Tolkien fans may now either squeal with glee at getting to play interactive fanfiction... or condemn it to the watery grave of Numenor.

How Bioware Creates Romances
Bioware's games have romances where you might save the world, on the side of course.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Picking Your Gender: 5 Industry Professionals Discuss Queer Identity in Gaming
Women from Naughty Dog, ArenaNet, Harmonix, and Gamespot unite to talk about what they want from games in terms of diversity.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP Kakulukia
Why Sunset Overdrive Can Go Suck A Lemon
By Kakulukia
Posted on 07/14/14
Yesterday, while cleaning up my media center, I found my copy of Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus, which I bought sometime before Christmas last year. I had been pretty excited about this game pre-release, what with it being the first "traditional", albeit shorter than usual,...

GAMING NEWS

Metro: Last Light's Development Team Triumphs Awful Work Conditions [UPDATE: Director Comments]

Posted on Thursday, May 16 @ 10:42:51 Eastern by Jonathan_Leack


Update: 4A Games Creative Director Anrew Prokhorov has posted a comment under GamesIndustry International's article where he thanks Jason Rubin for sharing with the world what the conditions were like during Metro: Last Light's development. It's quite lengthy but you can read it here.

Back aches, annoyingly slow PCs, and heater problems during a frigid winter are just some of the challenges faced by Metro: Last Light's development team.

Working on Metro: Last Light was no easy task, and for much of its development team was a difficult and sometimes painful experience. Jason Rubin, former THQ executive, has delivered a story to GamesIndustry International that brings to light a situation where a team was able to overcome adversity and deliver a game that many would think was high-budget. It wasn't.

His story begins with the following:

Let's be honest: 4A was never playing on a level field. The budget of Last Light is less than some of its competitors spend on cut scenes, a mere 10 percent of the budget of its biggest competitors. Yet it is lauded for its story and atmosphere.  It is built on a completely original and proprietary second-generation engine that competes with sequels that have stopped numbering themselves, with more engineers on their tech than 4A has on the entire project. Yet its tech chops are never in question. 

Rubin describes the office as extremely small, something around the size of an "underutilized gym at EA Los Angeles offices". Progammers and graphics designers could be seen "elbow to elbow at card tables" sitting on "folding wedding chairs". Nonetheless, they were able to put together one of the highest-rated games for the first half of 2013.

Seeing the work environment at 4A truly impacted Rubin; he wanted to bring over real office chairs that don't induce scoliosis. Unfortunately, doing so would require enormous efforts in importing product in addition to larger desks and consequently a bigger office to provide the real estate.

So next time you play Metro: Last Light, remember those Ukranians who put sweat and tears into making the game. The fact that it came out as well as it did is a true testament to what people can do when they have a passion for their work.
Related Games:   Metro: Last Light


More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

More On GameRevolution