Another one bites the dust. Prolific British video game developer Eurocom has laid off all staff and ceased making games after 25 years in the business.
Those who actually pay attention to the title cards at the beginning of games know Eurocom was one of the better, more dependable makers of licensed games out there — they were particularly known for producing most of the James Bond games over the past 10 to 15 years. Some, like the recent 007 Legends, were clunkers, but most were damn solid. They also worked behind the scenes on a lot of projects — most console versions of 90s Midway games were actually done by Eurocom. They even, occasionally, got to work on an original project like the well-regarded Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy.
Just more evidence that it’s almost impossible for an independent, freelance development studio to make a go of it these days. Budgets are so high, and publishers are so hung up on Metacritic scores that a single flop like 007 Legends can easily sink a company with over 60 games on its resume.
Here’s a list of everything Eurocom developed. You’ll find at least a couple games you liked on the list, guaranteed. Batman Begins and Dead Space: Extraction are my personal picks.