Video game studios are the reason why gamers are able to enjoy these fantastic experiences on a daily basis. They are made up of talented people who handle every side of making a game: from writing the story to doing motion capture, graphic design, and more. Here are VGU’s nominees for the 2013 studio of the year.

Naughty Dog

Naughty Dog

The PlayStation-exclusive studio Naughty Dog has created some great games in the past including the fantastic Uncharted series. However, in 2013 Naughty Dog brought a new game into the world in the form of The Last of Us.

The Last of Us was a post-apocalyptic action/adventure game that took storytelling, character development, and graphics to new heights on the PlayStation 3. The game has received numerous accolades and boasts a huge fan base that can’t wait to see what else Naughty Dog has in store.

Rockstar North

Rockstar North

Rockstar North has become known for its development of the highly popular Grand Theft Auto series and Grand Theft Auto V did not disappoint. Rockstar North had been working on GTA V for quite some time and the attention to detail, the massive amount of stuff to do, and the truly interactive and living city of Los Santos were truly impressive.

Grand Theft Auto V obliterated sales records and hit the $1 billion mark in just three days, making it the fastest selling entertainment product in history. The massive success of Grand Theft Auto V has further cemented Rockstar North as a powerhouse of a studio.

Irrational Games


Irrational Games took the control of the BioShock franchise back after BioShock 2 was developed by 2K Marin and decided to set it in the past (decades before the first two games) and in an entirely new setting (the floating city of Columbia).

BioShock Infinite was released to massive success and critical acclaim, boasting a highly interesting story, great setting, and an ending that had gamers talking for quite a while. BioShock Infinite is a popular choice for Game of the Year and Irrational was the studio that brought it to life.

Telltale Games


Telltale Games has taken a serious hold of dynamic story-driven games over the past couple of years. The episodic formula has worked for them in the past but 2012’s The Walking Dead took that to a whole new level. Telltale continued on from that success with the 400 Days DLC for The Walking Dead in July.

In addition, Telltale released the first episode in a new adaptation, The Wolf Among Us. The first episode was met with fantastic review scores and helped show that The Walking Dead was no fluke. Telltale also announced it is working on a Game of Thrones adaptation and a Borderlands game in addition to season 2 of The Walking Dead which is coming soon.

Crystal Dynamics

Crystal Dynamics

Crystal Dynamics was the studio behind the phenomenal Tomb Raider reboot that we saw earlier this year which helped breathe new life into the franchise. The studio took over the Tomb Raider franchise from Core Design in 2003 and has been putting out titles since then.

Tomb Raider sold well enough to warrant a sequel and Crystal Dynamics is focusing on making further games in the series as well as releasing Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 early next year.


Those are VGU’s picks for studio of the year but what do you think? Vote for your favorite studio in the poll below and we’ll release our winner and the results of the poll on Friday. The poll closes on Thursday night so vote now!