A french article on factornews.com with Cyanide's Patrick Pligersdorffer.
Werewolf is definitely caught in some company politics at this time, but hopefully it doesn't affect the development team too much. But I can imagine it's a bit of a four-way corporate street here (White Wolf, Cyanide, Focus, BigBen finding the path forward).
Call of Cthulhu , Space Hulk: Tactics and Necromunda (since Rogue Factor is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cyanide) will remain published by Focus. As Werewolf's exit is further away, we talk with Focus and BigBen to see which solution would be best for everyone. Once again, we try to do all this in good intelligence.
Patrick Pligersdorffer on creative freedom after the buyout.
Does being redeemed really mean, as the saying goes, less freedom but more security?
For the moment, it's hard to say. A priori, it's safer, that's for sure. After, in the negotiations, the freedom aspect was very important for us. For the moment, the upcoming projects we are discussing are in line with what we were doing before or what we wanted to do in the process. If we manage to show that BigBen can trust our editorial choices, I think it will be more security for so much freedom, hehe ... That's the goal on our side anyway.
Another view on the Focus buyout that didn't happen (summary: head of Focus left shortly after his suggestion to buy Cyanide was shot down by the board).
We wondered at Factor if the resignation of Cédric Lagarrigue of the head of Focus was not related to the acquisition of Cyanide by BigBen? Cyanide was one of their main collaborating studios, so it must have been a bit of a pique at home.
There is obviously a link. Cedric was more than just a partner. It was also and it's still a friend. Focus and Cyanide grew together for 17 years and obviously Focus was one of the potential buyers of Cyanide. It did not happen for a variety of reasons. The non-redemption of Cyanide by Focus was part of Cédric's departure but there were also other topics. I think it is rather to the Supervisory Board of Focus that the question must be asked. I think that indeed our departure is a bit on the spot but we will see in the long term how it goes for them as for us. Focus will have to compensate for the departure of our "catalog". After, developer projects, it is not what is missing. With the departure of Cedric, it starts to do a lot.
Cyanide has several subsidiary studios, apparently.
The Council is developed at Big Bad Wolf, it makes me think that you regularly subcontract your developments. This was the case forOf Orcs and Men at Spiders for example. Why ? And why not expand the team at Cyanide?
We outsource because it is easier to work with a team in place than to build a team of any room. By cons Big Bad Wolf is also a subsidiary of 100% Cyanide so it is not exactly outsourcing. We just chose to create a kind of "label" for this type of game with the Bordeaux team.
So wait I missed something. Cyanide how many subsidiaries today? I was convinced that Big Bad Wolf was independant, even though I know that some elders of Cyanide founded it. Cyanide is dominating the world and nobody told me anything?
We have 2 subsidiaries: Rogue in Canada and BBW in Bordeaux, that's all. We prefer to present them as independent, it gives more media coverage in fact!