Fallout: New Vegas screenshot
Fallout: New Vegas screenshot

Staff at Obsidian missed out on a bonus for Fallout: New Vegas because the game achieved a Metacritic score one point below the bonus threshold, developer Chris Avellone has revealed.

The game sold five million copies by the end of 2010, but scoring only 84 on Metacritic meant the studio missed out on a bonus.

"FNV was a straight payment, no royalties, only a bonus if we got an 85+ on Metacritic, which we didn't," Tweeted Avellone.

The news comes as the studio was forced to layoff around 30 staff following the cancellation of an unannounced project.

VideoGamer.com Analysis

The fact New Vegas did so well for Bethesda, coupled with how close the game came to achieving an 85 Metacritic has left a sour taste in the mouths of the game's fans.

However, with a bonus such as this there must be a point at which the target is met and in Obsidian's case it wasn't. It does, however, highlight the importance Metacritic has within the industry.

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Bloodstorm's Avatar


Yea, the "finished" product" before the obvious patches was abysmal.

Here's hoping the QA (lol, who am i kidding, it's Obsidian) got what they deserved.
Posted 13:33 on 15 March 2012
FantasyMeister's Avatar


Considering how many issues the game launched with I'm surprised they got their straight payment, let alone any bonuses.
Posted 13:22 on 15 March 2012
Clockpunk's Avatar


Well... at least you chaps did your part (awarding it a deserved 9). It does seem a shame that the natural biases seen with any averaging effect for subjective appreciation has such a powerful grip on the mindset of development management, though...
Posted 12:52 on 15 March 2012

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Release Date: 22/10/2010
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Genre: RPG
Rating: PEGI 18+
Site Rank: 89 14
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