London studio survives closure threat; â??30 staffâ?? made redundant

Five-year WarDevil project cancelled

A protracted development process and mounting costs has resulted in the five-year WarDevil project face cancellation at the final stretch.

The game’s developer Ignition was expected to close its London offices, though the studio says it is fighting on.

Develop has heard that some thirty staff have been made redundant from WarDevil’s cancellation.

It was originally believed that Ignition would look to outsource the WarDevil project, an ambitious action game that would provide ‘Hollywood-grade’ visuals at 60FPS.

But the industry Ignition found itself in five years ago, when the project was green-lit, has undergone inordinately rapid transformation.

The breadth of changes underway at Ignition is, the studio says, as part of its new plan to reform as a digitally-focused game development outfit.

Announcements will be made soon of a revived company with a new focus.

“Ignition’s London office is very much up and running and will serve as the global headquarters for the company’s recently announced investment into digital distribution and publishing,” read a statement from the developer.

Develop has heard that the group’s CEO, Vijay Chadha, has been absent for around three months with many staff, possibly all of them, unaware of his whereabouts.

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