Future Publishing has restated that the already-lamented closure of PC Zone is still only a proposal.
The company is currently in talks with the magazine’s staff to determine the fate of the magazine, and has yet to announce a final decision.
Unless another solution is found, the publication will close as proposed after Issue 225: August 2010, due to hit shelves on September 2nd.
Future announced last week it was planning to close PC Zone, the UK’s longest-running PC gaming magazine. This triggered a series of commemorative pieces across the web, including BBC tech correspondent and former PC Zone disk editor Daniel Emery’s piece here.
Following a strategic review of our PC games portfolio, we’re consulting with four members of staff on PC Zone about the proposed closure of this magazine with effect from issue 225 (August 2010),” said Future Publisher’s head of PC Gaming James Binns.
The team have done a great job in producing a quality magazine over the years, so it’s been a difficult decision to make this proposal.
However, our strategy is to focus on the market leader and strong number two positions in the PC gaming category. We currently have three titles targeting the category – PC Gamer and PC Format are the most robust of the three and increased focus on those two titles will drive their impact in print and online.
We’ll provide an update about any further developments as and when appropriate.”