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Catching up with Troika [ Company -> Update ]
Posted by Mr. Teatime | Related News Items Mon 06 Jun 2005, 4:51 PM
News related to Top Story: Troika Games closing down | More info on Person: Jason D. Anderson | More info on Person: Leonard Boyarsky | More info on Person: Tim Cain | More info on Company: Troika Games

I thought people would be interested in knowing what Leon Boyarsky, Tim Cain and Jason Anderson were doing with themselves after Troika's closure. I got in contact with Leon, who got in contact with Tim and Jason for me, and these were the responses I got:

Jason Anderson "has fled the industry and the state." (the state being California);

Leon Boyarsky is "still decompressing from the Troika implosion while looking around for a good opportunity"; and

Tim Cain is "officially on Sabbatical".

So there you go. I'd have thought there was a good opportunity for Bethesda to offer some kind of work, but what do I know...

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More Troika rumours [ Company -> Update ]
Posted by Mr. Teatime | Related News Items Mon 14 Mar 2005, 6:20 PM
News related to Top Story: Troika Games closing down | More info on Company: Troika Games
Someone passed along a link to an interesting post from Rob Merritt speculating a little on Troika's closure, and their failure to secure a publisher. Merritt writes on Quarter to Three:
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?

Thanks for the link, Someone.
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Troika fun at Gamespy [ Company -> Editorial ]
Posted by Mr. Teatime | Related News Items Wed 02 Mar 2005, 12:50 PM
News related to Top Story: Troika Games closing down | More info on Company: Troika Games
Everyone's favourite industry suckups, Gamespy, have put up a eulogy to Troika's demise. It's all opinion, as the reporter admits:
I don't know the guys at Troika ... it wasn't a developer I had a lot of contact with, compared to say Epic or anyone in the Texas FPS Scene, which is so incestuous that I can't think of a company that at least one friend hasn't worked for. So, while I'm sorry to hear that the people at Troika lost their jobs, my sadness doesn't really draw from a personal connection.
Maybe you should sever those FPS connections and try supporting developers that need it more.

The article goes on to contradict itself in the standard gamespy way:
I wish the talented employees of Troika, and its founders, who happen to be three of my personal video-game heroes, the best of luck in future endeavors. My hope is that their experience has given them further insight into how to keep the creativity but lose the quality issues. If that's the case, then there's a whole group of talented guys out there just waiting to produce the next killer RPG.
WTF, Chuck? Didn't you just say that you hadn't made an effort to contact the developer and chose instead to hype the next boring FPS? Perhaps Christopher Buecheler assumed people would have forgotten what he had written on page one by the time they got to page two: a reasonable assumption for Gamespy's fans. The fact that the article changes the subject to KOTOR2 on pages three and four backs this theory up.

Whatever. It's gamespy: PR masquerading as bad journalism.
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Leonard Boyarsky Q&A [ Company -> Interview ]
Posted by Mr. Teatime | Related News Items Fri 25 Feb 2005, 4:21 PM
News related to Top Story: Troika Games closing down | More info on Person: Leonard Boyarsky | More info on Company: Troika Games | More info on Game: Fallout 3 (Bethesda)
Leonard Boyarsky has been interviewed at Computer Games Magazine . It's not a long interview, but it's interesting nonetheless.
Computer Games - As you know Bethesda Softworks is now working on the next official Fallout game. Have you or any of the other Troika team members been contacted by BethSoft to work on the game and if not would you be interested in such an offer? 

Leonard Boyarsky - As far as I know, none of my team members has been contacted by Bethesda. Tim, Jason, and I have definitely not been contacted. We'd be very interested in working with Bethesda on Fallout...

Computer Games - The fans of the first two Fallout games are very vocal and have followed your team since leaving Interplay and forming Troika. How does it feel to have that loyal of a following to your team and to a game series that you made several years ago?

Leonard Boyarsky - It's very gratifying and helped us through some of our dark periods. It's always nice to hear from people that they appreciate what you are doing. And we're extremely happy that there's a huge Fallout community, as that game, being the first that any of us were in charge of, was really a labor of love for us.

It would be awesome to see some of the original Fallout team hired by Bethesda for Fallout 3. I have doubts it will happen, but the will is there from one side, at least. I'm hesitant to put Bethesda on the spot, but...

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Some Troika rumours [ Company -> Update ]
Posted by Mr. Teatime | Related News Items Fri 25 Feb 2005, 1:01 PM
News related to Top Story: Troika Games closing down | More info on Company: Troika Games
Urizen has sent along some rumours he heard from some guy down the pub about Troika. These are unconfirmed but confirmation may come over the next few days.
  1. The list of equipment that surfaced recently was bogus. All of Troika's equipment was leased to them by Nvidia, so they wouldn't have anything to sell anyways.
  2. In exchange for the equipment, Nvidia would receive a certain portion of whatever money bloodlines made.
  3. Activision made Troika pump up the action amount in Bloodlines at the cost of dialogue and interaction and a lot of the staff at Troika was so pissed of by this that they chose to leave the company. They DIDN'T leave because they were laid off.
All of those seem likely, though point number one is contradicted by someone called Marker at NMA:
I was actually at Troika's liquidation sale this past Saturday. I was skeptical whether it was true or not, but I took the drive out there w/ a couple of friends. Place was pretty barren. We were told that employees took most of the good stuff. There were about a dozen monitors and a dozen computers for sale. Bunch of cables and furniture were also available.

I got a 19" Viewsonic monitor (flatscreen) for $60 and a 21" Integraph monitor for $55. Also picked up Neverwinter Nights for $1. One of my friends picked up two Geforce4 Ti4200s for $5 each. Another friend got two of the Viewsonics. The computers ranged from Athlon 1200-1800 and were $300 - $400 each. They all came w/ 512mb - 2gb ram, radeon 9200-9700 and either a CD or DVD-ROM drive. There were a couple of dual-processor ones as well.

I was hoping to find some actual gaming memoribilia (standees, dummy boxes, etc) but the few things that were there (like a door-sized PC Gamer magazine cover w/ Vampire featured) they said they were holding onto.
Finally, again at NMA, Troika_Alumn talked about the decency of man:
[some NMA person] at least I haven't heard about class action lawsuits for back wages, or any claims that "we're still here".
You won't be hearing anything of the sort. Leonard, Jason and Tim were the first three to be laid-off. They stopped paying themselves long before they let the most junior member of the team go.

And that was par for the course. The three of them are a class act and this whole thing is a crying shame.
Poor Troika. I felt they always wanted to have the money, time and freedom to show us their potential, but things never worked out that way.
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Troika Games closes its doors. Official [ Company -> Update ]
Posted by Mr. Teatime | Related News Items Thu 24 Feb 2005, 3:06 PM
News related to Top Story: Troika Games closing down | More info on Person: Tim Cain | More info on Person: Jason D. Anderson | More info on Company: Troika Games
Direct from Leonard Boyarsky.
As many of you may have already heard, Troika has laid off all of its employees and is closing its doors due to our inability to secure funding for future projects. We have not yet made the decision as to whether Troika Games as an entity will regroup and pursue future projects or simply cease to exist. We want to thank all of our fans for their support these past seven years, it has really meant a lot to us that there were people out there who enjoyed our games enough to create fan-sites and follow our progress as a company. But we especially want to thank all of our employees - we had the pleasure of working with the some of the most dedicated, hard working, creative people in the industry, and we really appreciate all that they did for Troika.

Thanks for everything,


Tim, Leonard, and Jason
Don't leave us to an industry of generic rubbish, guys icon_sad
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Troika - dead. [ Company -> Update ]
Posted by Mr. Teatime | Related News Items Wed 16 Feb 2005, 3:06 PM
News related to Top Story: Troika Games closing down | More info on Person: David Marsh | More info on Company: Troika Games
Looking at the facts, I don't think there's much room to doubt the fact that Troika has finished. After the email that was posted yesterday, David "marshmonkey" Marsh, formerly of Troika, had this to say to Exitium, everyone's favourite flip-flopper (and notoriously gleeful when these rumours first surfaced), on NMA:
Time to pop the champagne Exitium.
I think we can take this as confirmation, given the way Marsh has been very careful about his comments and them being misinterpreted in the past. I'm happy to be proved wrong, but I can't see any other way to look at it.

We're waiting on an official statement which will likely be along soon. None of this is 100% confirmed until then.

I don't quite understand how this happened, as I'm led to believe all of Troika's games sold reasonably well with good reviews. I'd put it down to bad management rather than bad sales, but that's just me speculating. I'm sure there's an interesting story to be told behind all this. And I wonder what Leonard Boyarsky, Tim Cain, Jason Anderson and the other staff are going to do now.

There goes Fallout's spiritual successor, and a fine company.
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RIP Troika? [ Company -> Article ]
Posted by King of Creation | Related News Items Tue 15 Feb 2005, 10:22 PM
News related to Top Story: Troika Games closing down | More info on Company: Troika Games
There is apparently an email circulating which announces a liquidation sale for Troika's property.  Nothing has been confirmed yet, but the following is the text of the email.
LIQUIDATION SALE

After 7 exciting years, and 3 published games, Troika Games is closing its doors forever!
EVERYTHING MUST GO!

* Computers - P3 & up
* Monitors 13" - 21"
* Desks
* Chairs
* Conference Tables
* Filing Cabinets
* Cubicle System
* Canon Copier
* and much more!

Saturday, Feb. 19th 9am - 1pm only 17991 Cowan in Irvine (Cash & Carry)
Let our loss be your gain.
Please feel free to forward this email to anyone that may be interested in the sale.
I am sincerely hoping that this email is just a hoax.  We've got some hope to cling on to seeing as how there hasn't been an official announcement yet, but with the rumors that were circulating before, things are looking grim.
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