Here's an article that's kinda locally related which I thought was interesting. In an interview with Ken Levine from Irrational Games (Boston) on Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich, he tells that they're self funding the development of the Freedom Force sequel this time. What's really interesting to know is what he says about the traditional publisher model where..
"a game has to earn out several times (5x+) its cost before the developer starts seeing any royalties.
Wow, that's pretty harsh! I would've thought royalties would come at least after the initial development costs were paid (1x). Hopefully the success of FF vs TTR will give them (including the Australian Studio!) the freedom on future titles, like companies such as id software and Valve enjoy. I'm surprised that the IP of Freedom Force wasn't handed over to the publisher as part of the publishing deal. I bet they're kicking themselves now. [:)]
Article here. http://pc.ign.com/articles/489/489526p1.html