Note: In cases where credits include thanks, the numbers are shown separately. This is a useful distinction, especially for games that have backers which can easily exceed the number of developers. e.g., FTL: Faster Than Light has 1,053 credits, 1,046 of which are backers/thanks.
For those regulars who might be curious about the details, these numbers are counts of unique developers--unique by developer ID, or by the entered text for entities, and the separated 'thanks' are according to the credit category, so if the numbers don't seem right, check if a correction is in order!
If they're not in the thanks category, they're counted as developers, yes. And of course it wouldn't be sensible to exclude the 'other' category, which (I presume) more often contains developer-type credits than thanks-type credits.
However, wouldn't production babies be more suitable to the special thanks category, anyway? Our standards say to include credits listed as "In memory of" and "Dedicated to", and surely production babies credits are more like 'dedicated to' than 'unspecified development role'.
Yes, but I never saw more than maybe ten developer babies at once, so that's not a big factor. On the other hand there are many special thanks sections which list developers which left the company before completion or outside contributors. In conclusion, of course this number can never be accurate, but it is still a cool addition.
You were probably checking very old games with small number of developers.
But if you check credits for newer games like Assassin's Creed: Odyssey you will see that production babies section isn't around 10 but closer to a 100.
Any AAA title that includes those, and many do outside of Special Thanks, usually have 50-100 such names. And these appear across several projects, and not just on projects during which those babies were born. It's like they copy-paste that stuff across 5 years of projects, lol.
World of WarCraft: Battle for Azeroth has more with thanks excluded. To be fair, there is the Blizzard Development Family role which may or not be a thanks category. And probably 30% is Customer Service.
Indeed. Nice little thing. Very simple programming-wise, but handy, at least as trivia. (Well, assuming the credits are correct at least. The matter of XSEED only crediting devs that still work there when it's all done was recently brought up again on another forum, for example.)