Oh no! Yaris 2 release in jeopardy!

Folks, brace yourself. The future of one of the finest racing videogame franchises is now in question.

Castaway, the co-developers of the Toyota-branded Xbox Live Arcade racing shooter Yaris, are now closing their doors. Develop says that the group has recently suffered the loss of a couple of projects, and they’ve since cut their staff from 25 down to six senior staff.

“If somebody came in tomorrow and said, ‘Here’s a whole bunch of money. Can you get back up and running,’ then Monday we could be back up and running,” said president Michael Scandizzo.

“It would have to be soon, but if anyone wanted to come in and save us, we’d give the whole kitchen sink to them on the extremely cheap,” he added. “Otherwise after almost 10 years of this group working together, we’re going to have to dissolve.”

The studio was founded in 2003 by a group of ex-Blizzard Entertainment staff, and it seems that Yaris was their only release since then.

Who will make our terrible, advert-gaming racing titles now? 

[Thanks, JR] 

Dale North