Btw, Anaconda/DTP?! Omg, go for them... quick! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> Given there're few decent publishers around anymore, I don't think it'll be that easy to find a suitable developer.
Plus, if Jane Jensen's Gray Matter becomes a huge hit like her Gabriel Knight series, then this publisher might reach cult status. In which case, even more attention will likely be paid to other games which carry its' label(s). Of course, all these are "ifs" but in business, many factors are never a certainty.
Besides, Anaconda/DTP seems to care a lot for their customers and the game devs instead of kicking them around like: "haha suckers... we'll take all the profit and your dreams and bind you to a contract which implicitly states that all your ideas belong to us... muhwahahaha. Oh and if you bought the game? Nya nya... we don't need you anymore."
Well, whatever the case: I wish Larian the best. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> Shop around and don't fall for the money slinkers.
that sure sounds like dtp is a good possibility.
-ash <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
On hearsay, it sure does seem like a great company although... gotta wonder about their reputation like "How is their customer support?", "How do they aim to handle publishing a game in a non-European country? Will this be done by another company?", "Do they respect the game developers?", etc.
I guess a good way is to look at how they handled certain games and see how much PR they managed to put out and the player feedback. Even if a game is by a renowned and accomplished developer, it will still flunk or suffer from reduced sales if there's insufficient PR and if there's controversy over how the publisher handled the game(butchering the game, rewriting stuff, etc.).
Take for example: Atari and the Witcher. The publisher supposedly added new lines to the dialogue and cut out a lot of other content. As a result, the whole thing was blown out of context and a significant number decided not to buy it while the developers were turned into scapegoats.
Yes, it's doing rather well although I'm quite sure that issue dented quite a bit of the sales figures. But they were lucky, though... the issue didn't balloon into something larger which could have crushed their hopes of seeing their efforts come true.
Well there is Nairal, but I dont know if they're big enough.
Who's Nairal? I can't find any mention of them on Gamasutra or even Mobygames given that both feature major and even indie developers/publishers.