We all know the big developers, but who are the secret best developers going right now?
Tough call. I'd go with Q Games -- they're doing ridiculously cool things in the download space with the PixelJunk games.
Team Ico and Suckerpunch by far. More Team Ico.
Q Games, PopCap....
You don't think PopCap is mainstream yet? I'm not sure myself.
PopCap may be secret by the fact of being mainstream. Everyone knew Bejeweled, but how many gamers thought of PopCap as a "real" game developer before Plants vs. Zombies and Peggle?
PopCap makes mainstream GAMES, yeah. But they're certainly not a "household name."
Hmm...PopCap's pretty big now, but they're not necessarily famous....
Kautari, a Russian developer, makes a great series in King's Bounty.
I'm going to have to go with TripWire. Their meteoric rise from small-time modding community to fully fledged developers has been inspiring to say the least. The newest incarnation of Red Orchestra has me gripped in giddy anticipation.
2K Boston. Those guys are basically legendary, yet people only remember BioShock and BioShock 2, and even then they have trouble remembering who made those epics. Here's a list of classics those guys made, although under different company names, over the years: Ultima Underworld 1/2, System Shock 1/2, Thief 1/2, Terra Nova, Freedom Force 1/2. Basically every game in that list is of legendary greatness -- even Terra Nova, which most people have never even heard of. Definitely in my top 5 devs list of all-time, right up there with Naughty Dog and Blizzard.
good point. I think they're back to being called Irrational now.
Naughty Dog? Sony Santa Monica? Team Ico? Ubisoft Montrial?
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