Franchise Trouble: You Don't Know Jack
Latest Release: You Don't Know Jack (2011)
There's no doubt in my mind that the intrepid lads and lasses at Jellyvision will continue pumping out You Don't Know Jack content for whatever platform they can for as long as they can, but it's important to remember that without THQ, their recent resurrection might not have been possible. Despite the game's cult status, investing in a quirky trivia game doesn't scream big bucks but it did have enough promise to convince the heads at THQ to take a chance on it.
Although the success was only moderate on the consoles, it gave Jellyvision the funds necessary to produce their perfectly adapted iOS version and then later their constantly updated Facebook game. There's little doubt in my mind that the partnership with THQ played a big role in making all of that possible, keeping the small but lovable studio doing what they do best.
Jellyvision is pretty unique in its ability to operate with fewer resources than most studios - trivia games typically require far smaller budgets than other genres - but without publisher investments for further DLC on the console versions or a potential sequel, it could spell trouble for the team. I don't even want to imagine a world without Cookie Masterson.