Edge magazine has picked its top 50 developers, and the studio at no. 1 is not surprising at all.
Yes, they have chosen Valve–the creators of Half-Life and Portal–as the best studio for 2012, followed by Mojang of Minecraft fame.
Nintendo EAD is at no. 3 and considering their pedigree, that’s not surprising at all. Platinum Games of Bayonetta and Vanquish fame are at no. 4, which shows how much the magazine values their approach to creating innovative new IPs, with primary focus on gameplay mechanics.
Naughty Dog, arguably Sony’s best studio, is at no. 5, followed by the mammoth Rockstar North. You can check out the complete top 50 list below. I agree with all of them personally. The issue also contains reviews for a lot of games and Ninja Theory’s DmC: Devil May Cry got an 8 out 10, and Ni No Kuni and Planetside 2 were also rated similarly.
Here are the rest of the scores: Ace of Spades: 4, Zero Escape: 7, Uncharted fight for fortune: 5, Aero porter: 7, and Qatqi: 8.
It’s surprising to see no Polyphony Digital or Square Enix on the list, but considering their recent output I guess it was a fair choice. Mojang’s inclusion so high on the list is certainly surprising, but they did manage to create a game that spawned off numerous clones and Minecraft managed to become one of the most influential games this gen.
EDGE has been known to reward innovation, creativity, and technical ability; that’s also their reasoning for creating this list. Do you agree with them?