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Former THQ president Jason Rubin, who joined the struggling company in 2012, has submitted a story to GamesIndustry International detailing adversities faced by Ukrainian developer 4A Games while developing Metro: Last Light, painting the team as underdogs who struggled against dreadful working conditions, a low budget, and unrealistic expectations.

“Let’s be honest: 4A was never playing on a level field,” writes Rubin. “The budget of Last Light is less than some of its competitors spend on cut scenes, a mere 10 percent of the budget of its biggest competitors.” On top of that, Rubin laments the “irrational requirement of THQ’s original producers to fit multiplayer and co-op into the same deadline and budget.”

It gets worse. According to Rubin, the team “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.” Dev kits and high-end PCs had to be smuggled into Ukraine in backpacks to avoid the sticky hands of “thieving customs officials.” Pile on frequent power outages and broken government-run heating which frequently led to below-freezing working conditions, and Rubin says that 4A’s success is equivalent to that of the Jamaican bobsledding team which finished ahead of the US in the 1994 Olympics.

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After reading this maybe I will go ahead and buy the DLC,

lol @ the comment someone made,
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PS2viciado says:
07:41pm May 15 2013
They only needed to recreate the atmosphere of the office, into the game. That´s why its so good.
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Holy crap. That is so sad. But, have you ever seen Ukrainian Speedtest.net results? xD
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That is insane. Hell of a job despite their working conditions. That is true passion right there...or maybe it really is all about paying the mortgage at whatever cost. I still think you have to love what you do, to work like they did, though.
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Made up a sob story to redirect us from talking about their hard mode dlc.
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I am enjoying it a lot. But it still doesn't beat Tomb Raider which is my GOTY so far.
 
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Made up a sob story to redirect us from talking about their hard mode dlc.

I seriously hope this is a joke, FFS.
    
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I seriously hope this is a joke, FFS.

Let's face it, chances are the developers won't see a cent of any profits from that DLC.
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Wow, this sounds terrible. frown.gif
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Nothing can beat Cool Runnings. Never the less, if thats what they endured then it shows how passionate the devs are and how much more they could accomplish with a bigger budget.
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Made up a sob story to redirect us from talking about their hard mode dlc.

Minor correction, just to be clear you mean Ranger Mode. Hard mode aka Hardcore is included. Now that would be a bigger joke if hard mode weren't included, lachen.gif

To anyone that knows, am I right to assume Ranger Mode isn't unlocked after beating it on Hardcore?
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