The lights are on
Earlier today, former THQ president Jason Rubin shared his perspective on 4A Games and its recent critical hit Metro: Last Light. As you might recall, the title was to be published by the now-defunct THQ and was picked up for completion and distribution by Deep Silver for $5.8 million.
In his story on GamesIndustry, Rubin spoke about the working conditions at 4A Games. He described a setting that was depressing, "4A's staff sat on folding wedding chairs, literally elbow to elbow at card tables in what looks more like a packed grade school cafeteria than a development studio."
It is no doubt that the Kiev studio does amazing work with a fraction of the resources that American and Japanese studios are used to. The team has created an immersive and unique set of experiences across Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light.
A reader has shared with us a video of 4A Studios that was filmed during production of Metro: Last Light. The scenes that show the studio and the work environment don't line up with Rubin's description, though the video very well may not display the entire office. The video depicts a space that is small, but it also appears that employees aren't cramped.
We present this only as a visual to compare to the description presented by Jason Rubin in his story. We do not wish to take anything away from 4A Games or diminish the team's accomplishment, which is reflected (in part) in our review of Metro: Last Light.