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FASA founder says Microsoft “destroyed” its development culture after acquisition

Wednesday, 26th August 2009 18:40 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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FASA Interactive founder Jordan Weisman, has said that after his studio was acquired by Microsoft, it “destroyed” the development culture of the firm and almost did the same to Bungie.

“When Microsoft bought FASA Interactive and incorporated it into Microsoft… the two reasons they bought us was, one, they wanted the catalog of intellectual properties and, two, they felt that we had developed a really good development culture,” Weisman told GI.biz. “And the reality is that, pretty much from the day we moved to Redmond, that development culture was destroyed. I don’t think the studio ever really had a chance. It was destroyed right in the beginning.

“When we were acquiring Bungie, they wanted me to sit down with the owners of Bungie and tell them how well the transition went, and it was like – ‘what planet are you guys on?’ This transition did not go well. And actually I became the lead vocal pain in the ass to get things done very different for Bungie.

“I tried to convince them to leave Bungie in Chicago, but not winning that I did succeed in getting them to put them in a walled off room, which didn’t follow any of the other Microsoft stuff. We were much better able to defend Bungie’s culture than we were FASA’s culture.”

Weisman’s in the process of getting some of his IP’s back from Microsoft, and is currently in talks with Piranha to get a new MechWarrior made.

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7 Comments

  1. rainer

    Uh he’s not doing not a good job then, bashing MS in public if he wants those IP’s back, not to mention he sold out to MS in the first place it wasn’t as if they put a gun to his head.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Psychotext

    Sounds like the bosses didn’t have the spine required.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Herlock

    @rainer
    Maybe, the dream gone bad, because he came to MS it’s he fault, i dont think so.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. OwningXylophone

    To be fair, FASA had very little choice but to sell out to MS… The company had virtually gone bust already thanks to a sales decline in their bread & butter tabletop RPG’s like Shadowrun, Earthdawn & Battletech.

    Hopefully they can get the Shadowrun IP back, sell it Bethesda and then we will get the greatest cyberpunk game ever made!

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Robo_1

    Jesus, yet more developers bad mouthing Microsoft. They sound like a complete cluster fuck from a devs point of view.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Galactic_Barret

    I fully believe this. Once FASA was closed, it was apparent that they were just a IP acquistion. I think, if they could find a decent developer or complete Halo in-house with the same quality, they would’ve dropped Bungie long ago.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. SticKboy

    Sounds about right to me.

    #7 5 years ago

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