Studio’s have been promised pay bonuses if they reach or go over a certain metacritic score. One studio that sticks out is Obsidian, who were to be paid a bonus by Bethesda if they reached over 85. The game’s lead designer at developer Obsidian, Chris Avellone, has tweeted that Fallout: New Vegas missed its potential bonus payment from Bethesda by a single point at aggregate review site Metacritic.”FNV was a straight payment, no royalties, only a bonus if we got an 85+ on Metacritic, which we didn’t.” They ended up with a total score of 84.
After this happened Obsidian were forced to lay off numerous members of the team (30), wether this was directly because of the Metacritic score is uncertain. Companies like EA state that they strive for all their games to be 90+, but adding bonuses for a certain score I think is a little over the top, as meta scores can not be the truest judgement with pre-release reviews being paid for by the studio under critique. Saying this a studio is likely to see large returns with a high meta score.