Arkane: We’ll move on from EA project cuts

GamesIndustry.biz interviewed Raphael Colantonio during last week’s Game Connection in Lyon about the loss of the EA project:

“We’re moving on,” said CEO and creative director Raphael Colantonio. “We do have some reserves, some cash that allows us to wait for a while, to find deals and reassign staff. But the right deals – that’s really important, to keep the vision of what our objective is as a company, and what our identity is.”

“To some degree, although it sounds like a bit of a paradox, all these publishers cutting things right now – I think it will eventually benefit the independent developers.”

“Those companies will be looking for projects, and if they’re looking, rightly, to lower their costs it makes sense to work with independent companies – they’re always cheaper than anything they can produce internally.”

Comments 2

  1. Mark wrote:

    There are going to be a lot of opportunites in the future, precisely because of all the downsizing and cutbacks. Call it cyclical, call it a correction, it doesn’t matter. What matters is the scale of the problem, and whether any given person or company can weather the down period.

    For example, a big, sizzling meteor wiping out all life on earth is a growth opportunity, but for another species.

    I’m hoping for something a little less revolutionary, if you know what I mean.

    Posted 12 Nov 2008 at 9:10
  2. Peter wrote:

    I believe Penny Arcade said it best:

    http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/11/5/

    Posted 13 Nov 2008 at 2:55