It has emerged that staff at Obsidian would only get a bonus from Bethesda for Fallout: New Vegas if the title got at least an 85 Metacritic rating.
The title has a Metacritic rating of 84.
@Gahzcan FNV was a straight payment, no royalties, only a bonus if we got an 85+ on Metacritic, which we didn’t.
— Chris Avellone (@ChrisAvellone) March 14, 2012
Chris Avellone, of Obsidian, tweeted the above statement after he was asked about the lay offs that hit the developer yesterday. The lay offs were rumoured to be in regards to a cancelled next gen project for Microsoft’s new console.
Back in November 2010, Bethesda had announced that Fallout: New Vegas had generated $300 million in sales, just a month after release.