Login

Negative Retro Studios job review from former employee says staffers are expecting the studio to be shut down

We haven't heard from Retro Studios in quite some time. Outside of their work on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze's Switch port, the company has been absolutely silent. Could there be some big trouble brewing at the studio? According to one former developer, that's indeed the case.

A former employee of Retro left an extremely negative reveiw of the company on job site Glassdoor. In the post, he talks about studio mismanagement and other issues. He also makes mention of half the employees expecting Nintendo to shut down the studio any day now.

There's no chance in hell Nintendo will comment on this with any meaningful details, so I guess we'll just have to cross our fingers and hope that things turn around for Retro.

Categories: Top Stories
Tags: retro

Comments

Top Rated Comment

Those two reviews you’re referring to were posted on Glassdoor, you cant automatically trust it. That website has no verification process for employees, so they could very well be trolls. Also, Glassdoor is the sole place where employees complain about their job. There are more negative reviews on that site than positive.
Sure, they could have some difficulties in their internal department, but it’s ludicrous to spout that Retro is doomed just because of those two reviews.

Though, I’ll be sure to pray for the company to get better soon, just to be safe. But I’m not gonna be overreacting.

I suppose that would explain an awful lot. It'd be shame if it was true.

Even if Retro continues, it won’t be the same Retro that we knew before. I’d hate for them to turn into another Nintendo Software Technology, a sad shell of its former self after the cancellation of Project H.A.M.M.E.R. Just end it now on the high note of Tropical Freeze.

It's not like they've really done anything meaningful in the last few years. It's to be expected I guess. Hopefully a different studio can handle Prime just as good

Anybody can write reviews on that site, so grains and salts... but after going this long without hearing anything about what they've been doing, I guess I wouldn't be that surprised. It would be a real shame, but they have lost a lot of key people. Rather than shutting the studio down, let's hope Nintendo would instead hire new talent.

Most of the reviews seem to point to bad management. It's a shame Smile

Dang, I hope that is not the case. Here's to hoping Retro just announces a really cool new project soon and we see what's been worked on this whole time.

Yeah I expected this was gonna happen sooner rather than later with no new Retro announcement in 5 years..(besides a TF port which if this is to be believed and the fact Retro takes EXTREMELY long to make games wouldn't shock me if it ACTUALLY took them 5 years just to make Funky Kong..)

Shame if they do close as I would've really liked a "Donkey Kong Country 3: Return of the Kremlings" from them before they did but alas twas not meant to be I suppose...

Still I wonder what they've been up to all this time.. I'd like to see a few screenshots anyway : ) ...And I was hoping to see a Zelda game from them some time. So I hope they're ok and still working on a new secret 3DS Zelda game then xD

If the rumors are correct, a new IP which got shelved, which sucks since new IPs should be what their focus is/was, and the Star Fox racing game.

Mon Jul 02 18 05:55pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 3 times)

So Nintendo is incompetent at properly managing Western Studios? I would not be surprised if this is very similar to what happened at NST. EDIT (I put producer but it seems to be the actual internal management staff, not Nintendo, the point still stands though) Management that can't properly understand game development. Potentially working on multiple projects if the rumors are true probably didn't help either considering they aren't the largest studio. Probably hurt the quality of their work, at least as Nintendo was concerned.

If they go under, then Nintendo will have 0 genuine Western game software developers IN HOUSE. (They obviously still have Next Level and other possible non-first party studios they can work with, and they still do have NST... but they haven't made anything truly noteworthy in over a decade, at this point they seem to just be a co-developing studio, like how they helped SFB on Snipperclips)

NONONONONONONONOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

OK, I am taking this with a cave of salt, but it does, sadly, make sense. Sad, just sad.

Was kinda hoping that Star Fox GP game was the real deal. Didn't like thre idea at first, but it really grew on me with time. Of course, I would rather have a new SF game from Retro. And Raven Blade.....

Star Fox Grand Prix probably was a real thing, in all likelihood. I wouldn’t expect it to see the light of day at this point though.

We might actually never know if it was a thing or not. But hey! I'll just wait this entire "Retro is doomed" thing until we get some official info.

I don’t think it’s going to happen. What if this person is trying to get Retro in trouble? I won’t believe it until I see it.

At least three people, but they could be fake or exaggerated.

Exactly. This is just wrong. If Retro wasn’t doing well with games, then yeah they’d be out of business.

Well.... I mean that would explain DKC TF Switch. It s a cheap port and they still make dev royalties on it, plus it is selling faster than the Wii U version, so if they are having dev issues, this would be an easy way to keep the company afloat with a potential delay in upcoming new releases. It should be noted, however, that Retro does not fund their games, Nintendo does. They are still a company who has to pay funds in order to run, but those funds aren't directly tied with game development. So the costs that Retro would have to incur on DKCTF Wii U, while still larger than the Switch port, since more resources were required, would be less than that of the Switch port.

Those two reviews you’re referring to were posted on Glassdoor, you cant automatically trust it. That website has no verification process for employees, so they could very well be trolls. Also, Glassdoor is the sole place where employees complain about their job. There are more negative reviews on that site than positive.
Sure, they could have some difficulties in their internal department, but it’s ludicrous to spout that Retro is doomed just because of those two reviews.

Though, I’ll be sure to pray for the company to get better soon, just to be safe. But I’m not gonna be overreacting.

diddykong
Mon Jul 02 18 09:51pm
Rating: 4 (Updated 1 time)

Retro put up a job post for an animator today
https://jobs.awn.com/jobseeker/printjob/42142509/

That makes me hopeful they'll survive for at least a few more years.

I love Retro, although the DK series in general (not just Retro's entries) isn't my cup of tea, Metroid Prime was my entry into the Metroid series and made me fall in love with that franchise. While I realize a lot of employees may have left since even the last console Metroid Prime game released, I'd like to think they're still a talented bunch, and I'd hate to see them disband. If these reviews are authentic, I hope Nintendo steps in to improve the management situation. They've got the money to seek and hire better management if that is an issue.

rance
Mon Jul 02 18 09:54pm
(Updated 1 time)

Anyone can write there, including the OP of that thread.
There's no verification of any kind.

Nintendo being the next Konami? Ha ha ha..no

If Nintendo really wants to shut them down, they would have done so long back. Just because a company has been dormant doesn't mean it's not active. Look at treasure. We just got a port of irakuga.

Want to join this discussion?

You should like, totally log in or sign up!