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What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:08 am
by NPChilla
Just a few days ago it would have been unthinkable, but I've been wondering about what might happen to the company if their make-or-break game dies a death:

With all their capital blown and a name synonymous with a failed game, the company would perhaps fall apart...
UNLESS it were snapped up by another company.

I don't think it'd be Microsoft (since they've been winding down most of their game companies over the past few years), so perhaps Nintendo?
After all, the Big N bought Retro Studios and turned it into a world-class 1st party developer.

Maybe becoming a Nintendo division could be Plan B for Playtonic?

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:17 am
by GeneralWalnut
I know I said it before but I wouldn't worry too much about it. The Gamexplain video about them dropping jonathon tronathon has about 138,000 views and far more likes than dislikes, so the vocal group of trash babies aren't even numerous enough to make a dent there.

If the game is good it'll do fine, and the scum suckers of the internet will move onto the next thing that either says racism is bad or acknowledges that people other than white dudes exist. Heck I mean, Grant Kirkhope unlocked his twitter after like a day, so it probably hasn't even been as bad a reaction as they were expecting, even with the forums being bombarded with "white genocide is real" nutsos.

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:30 am
by PandaLover

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:31 am
by RareAware
After the experience with Microsoft, it's hard to see them allowing Playtonic to be absorbed into another company. If the game bombs, I'd imagine the company being disbanded and everyone going their separate ways. I wouldn't hazard a guess as to whether the game will do well or not. Likes of a youtube video surely isn't a reliable metric to go by.

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:42 am
by PandaLover
Something that really surprised me about all this, was it seemed to show how little most people actually know about Yooka Laylee. I thought alot of people knew about it but upon this scandal coming up it seems from the responses of the vast majority of people that either very few people knew about the game at all or at-least very few people cared enough to actually follow it. It seems for the main stream gaming community, Yooka Laylee is mainly just known for this scandal at this point and not much else. Hopefully that will change, if the game is good, and I guess bad publicity is better than no publicity.

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:43 am
by Pgcrooner
considering if you read the comments instead of simply going by like/dislike ratio. People are pissed at the announcement but don't want to take it out on Gamexplain by giving the video a dislike. Commenters on their video alway mention not disliking a video from gamexplain based on controversial videos.

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:18 am
by Rawk
The first step will be to find literally any other publisher to partner with since Team17's community manager is the last person they need interacting with fans going forward. From insulting "all the anime avatars" (despite looking like an anime character himself) to making people think that actual Yooka-Laylee developers were banning everyone on the Steam forums, Playtonic really doesn't need that association.

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:59 am
by Foxune
If the game flops, I don't think it'd be a direct result of the JonTron nonsense. Sure it'll have an impact on the sales, but I believe it'll be extremely minor. If you actually slog through the YookaLaylee hashtag on Twitter or any video on Youtube ranting about it, a large chunk of the people commenting negatively about Yooka-Laylee outright state that they weren't even interested in the game to begin with.

All-in-all, I think that if this game ends up selling poorly, it probably would've sold poorly without the JonTron drama. The effect it has on sales, for better or worse, is gonna be minuscule.

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:01 pm
by Yavga

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:01 pm
by Gorjo
You know, there isn't really much to talk about other than the drama until the game finally comes out, since everything that can be said about what we know of the game has been said a million times already in all this time, combined with the fact that everybody can have something to say about the drama, it all ends up making the drama seem bigger that it really is.

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:53 pm
by rocho
If the game ever flops (which I find difficult) one of two may happen.

1. They move into making their second game and try to be better.

2. The company is disbanded and NINTENDO BETTER BE FAST to offer this amazing people a Job.

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:00 pm
by NPChilla

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:01 pm
by NPChilla

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:13 pm
by Rasmusic

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:18 pm
by WyvernWings

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:20 pm
by Pokemaniac Dan
Doubt the game will flop over a mumbling voice being removed.

I think it's gotten great reviews thus far and people who play games to enjoy playing games (especially in this genre) will still get it based on those reviews. Can't imagine the game being bad, so think this topic is just another method of harping on something that's irrelevant in the grand scheme of Yooka Laylee.

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:40 pm
by RareAware

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:44 pm
by PandaLover
The only way the game could totally flop due to the JonTron Drama is if alot of the people who pre-ordered/backed the game and are now mad about it (there are tons of people on steam) and now want a refund (which playtonic is refusing to give) go on steam and give the game terrible reviews. This would hurt sales alot as anyone who is not familiar with the game (Most people) would come along to the steam page and sees the reviews are terrible and people are saying terrible things about the game and playtonic in the reviews and no buy the game because of it.

Reviews hold tremendous weight for games on steam, especially for unknown games by unknown developers. This sort of thing has happnd with other games and basically stoped sales dead in their tracks. There is also absolutely nothing Playtonic can do to stop this from happening, if you own a game on steam you can review it and give it whatever rating you want. They cant delete disagreeable reviews like they delete disagreeable posts.

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:47 pm
by Pokemaniac Dan
I don't think I've ever not bought a game because of the developer's political opinion. I don't even know any of their political opinions. Do you know why? It doesn't effect the game or matter in any way. I play a game because I like the game.

Re: What might happen to Playtonic if Yooka-Laylee flops...

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:52 pm
by Gorjo
Jontron has been showing some questionable attitude for almost the entirety of this year so far (like in twitter during the Women's March), people just assume it was for specific things like the points he raised during that stream and try to pass it as Playtonic making a "political stance" when in fact they are simply distancing themselves from a currently controversial public figure, wich makes perfect sense as a company.