Hot on the heels of a telling round of layoffs over at Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment comes an unfortunate admission from New Vegas' creative design lead Chris Avellone himself: his studio was snubbed any bonus payments for its work on the well-received post-nuclear RPG title because it didn't garner a high enough aggregate score from Metacritic.
The claim would be astonishing if you weren't already familiar with what unfortunately happens to be a bitter reality in the gaming industry these days. More than few studios out there were denied any potential royalties and bonuses because their titles did not meet the minimum Metacritic score rating stipulated in their agreements with publishers.
In New Vegas' case, it wasn't a matter of the title falling well below expectations. In fact, New Vegas currently enjoys a Metacritic rating of 84 out of 100, meaning Obsidian missed its target by just one score point. Ouch.