Infinity Ward, Fromsoftware, and Insomniac are just a few of the hundreds of existing development teams, but they and many other top developers regularly solicit input from publishers like Activision, Bandai Namco, and Sony. in the process to help their game complete the row.
While some franchises and developers tend to be exclusive to specific publishers, there are some franchises that operate across the industry with a variety of publishers. Call of Duty regularly rotates developers every year while FromSoftware has partnered with Sony and Bandai Namco for hugely successful titles like Bloodborne and Elden Ring.
Insomniac even worked with Xbox Game Studios on Sunset Overdrive before Sony put their trust in it and officially made them part of its first-party family.
Let’s use Call of Duty as an example. The series frequently rotates development teams between seasons but is owned and published by Activision. Some fans will only buy CoD when developed by their favorite developer. Would you still buy a new Call of Duty if it was unexpectedly published by EA or Take-Two?
Do you have a chance to get Call of Duty developed by a new studio that has never done it if Activision publishes it? What if one of your other favorites like Assassin’s Creed, Final Fantasy or Mario was developed by someone else?
That brings us to the topic between game developers and publishers: Are developers or publishers more important in how you choose games?
How do you feel about developers and publishers? Which has a more significant influence on your game purchase decision? Are there any games that you consider an automatic purchase based on the developer or publisher?
Who deserves more credit for the success or failure of a game? Is there a developer or publisher that worries you when considering buying their game? If the sequel to your favorite franchise changed to a developer or publisher you weren’t interested in, would you still buy it? Let us know in the comments section.
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