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2:45 PM on 05.29.2014

Electronic Arts closes Mythic Entertainment

Dark Age of Camelot and Warhammer Online developer Mythic Entertainment is no more, another casualty of Electronic Arts. The studio closure was confirmed in a statement to Kotaku: "We are closing the EA Mythic location in Fai...

Jordan Devore


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12:30 PM on 12.12.2013

Development studio Terminal Reality has shut down

2013 hasn't been to kind to struggling game studios, and it appears we've got another casualty before this rocky year in gaming closes out. It is now reported that the Texas-based game studio, Terminal Reality, has shut down....

Alessandro Fillari

1:30 PM on 11.29.2013

Rune Factory studio shuts down, declares bankruptcy

Rune Factory developer Neverland has closed its doors, according to a statement on the company's official website. The studio ceased operations today and announced plans to file for bankruptcy in the near future. Struggling w...

Kyle MacGregor

5:15 PM on 04.25.2013

Death Inc. maker Ambient Studios to close

Defence Grid 2 being picked up shows that there can be life after a failed Kickstarter project but it seems that's a rare situation. GamesIndustry International is reporting that is the case with Ambient Studios, developer of...

Alasdair Duncan

2:45 PM on 04.05.2013

Sega is shuttering its Australia studio

Last year, Sega vowed to restructure, and the company is certainly making good on its word. Sega confirmed to Kotaku that it will be closing the doors of Sega Studios Australia. Sega released a statement noting that...

Brett Makedonski



Disney shuts down LucasArts photo
Disney shuts down LucasArts
by Jim Sterling

Disney has today announced that it's decided to close down LucasArts as a game studio, transitioning it into a "licensing model." This effectively means that LucasArts is dead, likely to exist as little more than a legacy name for externally developed Star Wars titles. A round of layoffs has been had as a result. 

"After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games," claims the company. "As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles."

R.I.P. LucasArts, and best wishes to those who have lost their jobs.

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6:15 PM on 03.21.2013

Twisted Pixel dev: Game industry is struggling, not dying

In the wake of massive studio closures these past few years, not to mention other eye-opening events like John Riccitello's resignation as CEO of Electronic Arts, it's hard to have a positive outlook on the industry's future....

Tony Ponce

10:45 AM on 03.05.2013

Jerry Bruckheimer Games is no more

Do you remember Jerry Bruckheimer Games? You would be forgiven if you didn't. After we first heard that the studio would be partnering with MTV in 2007, and then that it had acquired talent from Microsoft and Ubisoft in ...

Darren Nakamura

7:00 PM on 02.22.2013

Hell Yeah developer to cease making games

Aurelien Regard, creative director and co-founder of Arkedo, announced today that the studio no longer plans to produce any new games. The company hasn't been shut down or gone bankrupt, but there are no more employees at the...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

2:30 PM on 02.08.2013

Epic Games is closing Impossible Studios

Maryland-based Impossible Studios, a team made up of employees from Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning developer Big Huge Games, was formed by Epic Games back in August and put in charge of Infinity Blade: Dungeons. Now, it's been...

Jordan Devore

3:27 PM on 02.04.2013

Sony ends relationship with PlayStation All-Stars maker

Sony is ending its relationship with SuperBot Entertainment, the makers of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. This comes days after the studio laid off a number of employees. "Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that th...

Hamza CTZ Aziz







Epic Mickey studio Junction Point has been shut down photo
Epic Mickey studio Junction Point has been shut down
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Following some rumors floating around yesterday, Disney has just confirmed the closure of Austin-based Junction Point Studios:

"It was with much sadness that we informed our teams today of changes to our Games organization, which include the closure of Junction Point Studios. These changes are part of our ongoing effort to address the fast-evolving gaming platforms and marketplace and to align resources against our key priorities. We're extremely grateful to Warren Spector and the Junction Point team for their creative contributions to Disney with Disney Epic Mickey and Disney Epic Mickey 2."

The house that built Epic Mickey is no more, adding to the ever growing sad list of studio closures over the last couple of years. Unfortunately, this can't be seen as too much of a shock in this case given how poor Epic Mickey 2 sales were, with the game only moving 270,000 copies before the end of 2012.

We'll have more for you as the story develops.

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Vigil Games' lead combat designer says his goodbyes photo
Vigil Games' lead combat designer says his goodbyes
by Tony Ponce

THQ has cleared its plate and sold off all its assets... well... not all of them. For some reason, not one company placed a bid for Darksiders developer Vigil Games, dooming the young studio.

Vigil's lead combat designer Ben Cureton decided to pen his own farewell letter (posted below) and share it on gaming forum NeoGAF. But whereas the THQ company letter ends on a hopeful note, Ben's is far more heart-wrenching, coming as it is from one of the talents getting tossed on the street.

He knows his stuff, so there's no doubt Ben and crew will go on to bigger and better things. For now, let him express himself.

(Thank you for the notice, Squishy3)

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THQ is done, all assets sold off photo
THQ is done, all assets sold off
by Tony Ponce

[Update 2: Certain licenses that weren't sold off may find new digs elsewhere. The WWE series, for instance, could find its way into Take-Two's pockets.]

[Update: Vigil Games' lead combat designer, Ben Cureton, decided to write his own letter following Vigil's closure. Read that here.]

When THQ filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, it was only a matter of time before the other shoe dropped. As of today, the 23-year old company has sold off all its assets, and in a few more weeks, the doors will completely close.

CEO Brian Farrell and President Jason Rubin have sent a final letter (re-printed in full after the break) to all employees, listing which companies have purchased which studios and properties. The distribution is as follows:

  • Sega gets Relic Entertainment (as Jim discussed earlier today)
  • Koch Media gets Volition, Inc. (Saints Row) and Metro
  • Crytek gets Homefront
  • Take 2 gets Turtle Rock Studios' "Evolve"
  • Ubisoft gets THQ Montreal and South Park

If you are wondering where Darksiders developer Vigil Games is in all of this, there were unfortunately no bids for the studio, forcing a complete closure.

I wish those who lost their jobs all the best, and I wish success for those who have already found new homes elsewhere.

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