Retro picks up Vigil, Junction Point, BioWare employees

Retro is certainly working on one large-scale project. We've reported on new hires in the past, but now we have information that points to new employees from Vigil, Junction Point and Bioware Austin joining the team. Will we finally get to see what Retro is working on come E3?

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DivineAssault 2141d ago

that would be nice.. looks like nintendo & sony have some powerful dev teams on their side.. Whats MS gonna do?

Kamikaze1352141d ago

This has always been the case. Sony and Nintendo speak to gamers with developers and Microsoft speaks by throwing money at developers for timed exclusives.

WeAreLegion2141d ago

Microsoft and Nintendo have discovered that they don't have to release tons of titles every year to make money. So, they're never going to. Sony knew this years ago...

...and yet, they continue to release tons of games every single year.

Kamikaze1352141d ago

Sony has more developers than the other two and developers need to release games to make they don't really have a choice. It's business.

deafdani2141d ago

Nintendo actually releases a good amount of games, and they did give the Wii very good first party suport.

The Wii felt lacking in games because it had absolutely shitty third party support due to the lack in power between it and the other 2 consoles. But Nintendo themselves actually put out a lot of superb games for it.

So, you're wrong. Both Sony and Nintendo are excellent with supporting their hardware with their own software. It's Microsoft who lacks in this area, so they make strong deals with third party publishers to compensate.

BattleAxe2141d ago

If Nintendo hadn't released so many first party games for the Wii, it would have been headed for the trash bin within the first couple of years. There were hardly any good third party games on the Wii at all.

Axe992141d ago

Not at all - I spend more time gaming on PS3 than elsewhere because of its quality and unique exclusives. On topic, though, Retro is top notch, my fave Ninty dev - I look forward to whatever they're cooking up :).

DOMination-2141d ago


Sony have 12 first party studios
Microsoft have 21

WiiUsauce2141d ago

yup and hardly any of those games sell well which is why Sony is constantly closing down their studios and causing talented people to loose their jobs.

Ezz20132141d ago (Edited 2141d ago )


once again you show that you have no idea what you are talking about

sony only closed 2 studios this whole gen
which didn't make any games that worth while and didn't make any money
and the 3rd studio marged with another sony 1st party studio

but they just bought SP studio(infamous)
and MM studio(LBP)
and soon they will buy QD studio(Heavy rain/Beyond:two souls)..evem the studio want sony to buy them

so where is the
"Sony is constantly closing down their studios "
is coming from ?!

sony focus on buying studios that make quality games
not bleeding money on studios that can't even make AA games

know you sh1t before you type

PirateThom2141d ago (Edited 2141d ago )


21 studios.

1 of which makes mobile games.

1 of which assists with third party development.

4 of which work on Kinect titles.

10 of which have never made a game and are working on "Unannounced projects" and have been since the last time I looked at Microsoft's Studios.

So, basically, 9 studios who have ever made a game and are likely to work on a Microsoft console, 4 of which make Kinect titles only, 2 of which make downloadable titles only.

DOMination-2140d ago


I don't disagree with your points, but who knows what those ten studios will do? I think MS will continue to use the aforementioned 4 studios as casual/kinect studios (much like Sony does with SCE London) but of those ten unannounced projects, most of then appear to be projects that people will call 'hardcore games' judging by the job ads.

All I'm saying is, lets just wait until e3 to see what MS have in store with these studios before judging or even worse, failing to even acknowledge their existence which most people on N4G do. If all they do at e3 is announce these studios are working on apps/kinect/shovelware, I will be the FIRST to condemn them.

Mainsqueeze2140d ago

Lol I love how this is an article about Retro (who mainly develops for Nintendo) picking up some people from other studios, yet it turns into a war between sony and xbox fanboys. My god are you people pathetic or what.

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Temporary2141d ago

I feel bad for all the M$ fanboys that are going to skip Playstation's next console because of their idiocy.

UnholyLight2140d ago

I feel sorry for all the $ony fanboys that skip out on the Nextbox. Jesus man, Im buying both this time. hopefully it's a good choice, I don't really care for most of Sony's exclusives. They tend not to be as good as the few exclusives we have. I'll take fewer exclusives that are better than more that are just meh. Killzone is the only exclusive that Sony has that is AMAZING.

RuleofOne343 2140d ago

It's not idiocy, it preferences only an idiotic person would think someone buying something different than what they are buying is idiocy. Stop being a cheerleader & let people buy what they want ,not what you think they should buy.

browngamer412140d ago

And will you be buying Microsoft's next console? Or the U? If not then you look pretty foolish and should stfu..if you are then disregard this statement!

Temporary2140d ago

Yes I own the WiiU, and no Im not buying the Nextbox. Why? To pay for online access when I get it free everywhere else?

There's people that will literally NOT buy the next Playstation because of their devotion to this silly console war.

I choose not to buy the Microsoft console because of their nickle and diming, and disrespect for consumers by charging for online access, and being HILARIOUSLY less in value than PS+ which is an OPTIONAL service that doesnt force you to buy online gaming access.

So YES, I wont be buying the Nextbox, and I can play Halo and Gears at a friend's house because someone will inevitably own an Xboxnext, but it wont be me.

Opinions are opinions yes, but when someone chooses not to purchase something only because they dont like the brand name and not because they dont like what it OFFERS, then YEAH,

I feel bad for all the M$ fanboys that are going to skip Playstation's next console because of their IDIOCY.

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hazardman2141d ago

All I know is your a Hater dude, you remind me of that other douche bag Akuma. Always hating, him on Wii U and you on Xbox.

hazardman2141d ago

I agreed with you but same could be said for PS fanboys who think MS system won't be great either! I'm not planning on missing out on any. Ill have PS4,Xbox720 and as soon as some better exclusives come out from Nintendo the Wii U. From all speculation the PS4 will be a force to be reckoned with.

UnholyLight2140d ago

Watch when XBL goes through revolutionary changes for this next gen. I think Microsoft was smart to get as much cash flowing to them as they did this gen off subscriptions. PS+ is good, but if Microsoft knows what's good for them, their new services are going to be nuts. I agree with you as well. Pretty stupid to write something off before it's even been announced or out yet..

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PopRocks3592141d ago

Whoa! That's some pretty intricate talent right there. Joining Retro Studios of all companies! Certainly makes me excited.

EddieNX 2140d ago

Why do you say ''retro studios of all companies'' as if to play Down Retro ? Retro already has robbed some of the best talent in america years ago. It's already a collection of super talented developers.

That's the criteria you have to have to get in , and they are a highly regarded developer.

DaPrintz2140d ago

Vigil is hardly what the industry would call talented. It was average at best while it existed.

deafdani2140d ago


He said "Retro Studios of all companies!" in the sense that yes, Retro Studios is already AWESOME, and it's only going to be more awesome with these new talented devs.

There's a reason why you only have one bubble. You most of the time have good points regarding Nintendo and Wii U, but they are sadly clouded by your own overdefensiveness and sometimes, needless hating towards other companies. Stop it already! D:<

browngamer412140d ago

Chill King...PopRocks is almost always praising and defending Nintendo- perhaps you took his statement wrong?

HarryMasonHerpderp2140d ago (Edited 2140d ago )

They're the guys that did Metroid Prime and that's all I need to get excited about their upcoming games.
All this extra talent on board is getting my hype up an extra few levels though.
This E3 is going to be amazing.

fatstarr2141d ago

OH MY .... I just got a good feeling in my tummy.

the dream team in the hands of retro... oohhh

ooo speechless

backed by the wiiu and 3ds Im expecting some Bangers.

CouldHaveYelledUiiW2140d ago


-I thought it was what something I ate.

Over the past couple of years they have been hiring from some big name companies.

I think whatever they are working on (I think multiple titles) it is going to be stunning -
I think they are going to make something that is photo-realistic w/ all of the "Core" bells and whistle.

I just hope that if it is a SAMUS (Metroid) game that they don't do last gen's mostly Grays and Browns color scheme.