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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z
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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Developer of Legendary, Lost Planet 3, and Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Spark Unlimited has closed up shop and laid off all of its staff after 13 years of game development.

As reported by Polygon, the company’s assets were found up for sale on liquidation sites. Shortly after, John Butrovich, the chief technical officer at Spark, confirmed the closure, saying that many of the staff will be continuing to work together on projects outside of game development.

According to Butrovich, the CEO of Spark – Craig Allen – left the company at the end of 2014 to “pursue other ventures and interests.” Those other interests may be film, as in 2014 Spark Unlimited produced a film called Nightmare Code, a strange move for a team known for making kinda middling games.

It’s never cool to see a team laid off, and we hope all affected are able to find work soon. We will also never see a sequel to Legendary now, which absolutely breaks my heart.

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