Heard some interesting rumors on Trokia from a
former employee. They said that Trokia was offered two contracts to do
rpg games on Next Gen console platforms. These contracts were good
contract too that would of easily kept the company afloat and many of
the employees wanted to take them just based on the licensed. The
management refused to take them and held out hope for a similar
contract on the pc platform. Which never came and the company folded.
It's replied to by former Troika employee, Linoleum:
That's news to me, although it might have occured after I left.
However, after Vampire was out the door, I don't think Troika would
have turned down Extreme Paintbrawl if it would have kept the doors
open. They were doing a small DARPA project for crying out loud.
It sounds like a case of telephone, Troika was asked to prepare a
proposal for a next-gen console treatment of an established RPG series
at the beginning of 2004. However, in the end the publisher decided to
do it on current-gen with an internal studio.
I'd guess there probably was movement towards consoles and 'the mainstream' near the end of Troika's life (remember that Tim Cain
interview where he talked about MMORPGs?), although it wasn't enough
to save them. I'd be inclined to go along with the theory that the
console proposals were pitched by Troika and turned down by publishers.
And... a DARPA project? Isn't that where they make power armour and mechs and stuff?