Publisher of the infamous ‘Gollum’ game Daedalic Entertainment is shutting down its development studio. With big-name titles ballooning in budget, facing increased delays, and putting their developers at higher financial risk, is the industry becoming unsustainable?
The studio behind 2023s worst video game ‘Gollum’ is shutting down.
Ridiculed online for its poor presentation, basic AI, dire technical performance, and absurd DLC content, Gollum has been a punching bag for both YouTubers and video game commentators alike since it was first announced several years ago.
After numerous delays, the title eventually released in 2023 to unsurprisingly dismal reviews and poor sales. As a result, Daedalic Entertainment has announced it will be closing down its internal development studio, instead solely focusing on publishing.
However, for those who are still playing the game, the company says it will release a final patch to fix remaining bugs and performance problems. There are still many issues with framerates, screen tearing, texture loading, and much more on both consoles and PC.
Daedalic Entertainment also insists it will move former developers into other areas of the business.
Gollum joins an ever-growing pile of big budget videogame disasters. AAA titles such as Redfall, Cyberpunk 2077, Anthem, Fallout 76, and Star Wars Battlefront 2 all launched with significant problems, underdelivering and misleading consumers. They’ve been the subject of legal disputes and industry-wide scandals.
Company apology notes are now so commonplace that they’ve become memes in themselves.
We’ve also seen some developers begin to unionise amidst increasing allegations of overworked ‘crunch’ periods, as well as sexual misconduct and abusive office environments.
This is all while publishers push for ‘battle pass’ monetisation models and expensive cosmetics that encourage anti-consumer practices. Diablo 4 is the latest high-budget example, where skins are being sold for £23 each and its publisher Blizzard continues to face lawsuits for its poor treatment of workers.