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Spark Unlimited quits game development

Lost Planet 3 studio Spark Unlimited has laid off employees and abandoned game development. A former employee confirmed the closure to Polygon after some of the company’s assets were spotted as being up for sale on NeoGaf. Spark’s chief technical officer John Butrovich said that it’s the end of Spark …

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Borderlands: Pre-Sequel dev 2K Australia closed down

Australia has seemingly lost its last triple-A games developer. A source has toldKotaku Australiathat 2K Australia, the company’s studio in Canberra, is closing and all staff are out of work. "We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process for 2K Australia in order to better …

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EA has closed down Sim City studio Maxis

Maxis Emeryville, the main home of Sim City and The Sims creator Maxis, has been closed by EA. EA insists that the move will not effect The Sims or Sim City, or even the Maxis brand. The studio as we know it, however, will cease to exist. Today we are …

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Square Enix closes Indonesian studio Smileworks

Japanese publisher Square Enix has closed its Smileworks studio, which was based in Indonesia. The mobile studio was only operational for 18 months, but failed to deliver the results its parent had hoped for, reportsGames Industry. A Square Enix Japan representative has said the publisher is changing its strategy for …

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Tony Hawk’s dev Neversoft closes doors

The closure of a studio is never something to celebrate, but at least the Neversoft team went out in a (quite literal) blaze of glory. The Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero developer was closed today and the team is being merged with Infinity Ward,as announced back in May. The new …

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Murdered: Soul Suspect developer Airtight Games closes down

Redmond-based developer Airtight Games has been closed just weeks after the release of its latest title, Murdered: Soul Suspect. The studio, perhaps better known for its games Dark Void and Quantum Conundrum, has been making games for 10 years – but now its headquarters has closed and its office equipment …

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EA shuts down Mythic Entertainment

Mythic Entertainment has been closed after nearly 20 years of game development. The studio, whose catalogue includes Tempest, Dark Age of Camelot, Warhammer Online and Ultima Forever, was founded in 1995 and acquired by EA in 2006. However, EA has confirmed to Kotaku that it has now brought the developer …

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Square Enix India closes doors after one year

Just a year afterentering the market, Square Enix has shut down its India operations without having released a single game. Square Enix India was set up with a view to developing mobile games for the Indian market in collaboration with Indian developers. While it did not develop games itself, Square …

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Developer Brain In A Jar closes doors

Brain In a Jar is no more, founder and creative director Carl Dalton has confirmed. The UK studio, whose games included Indy Car Series, Indianapolis 500 Evolution, Golden Age of Racing and Kart Racer, had been operating for 15 years. Despite our best efforts we have been unable to secure …

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Online play and other services being shut down on Wii and DS

Nintendo’s Wi-Fi Connect services will shortly be shut down. This means a host of online services enjoyed by Wii and DS users will soon be unavailable including online multiplayer and leaderboards. Affected titles will include the likes of Mario Kart, Smash Bros and Pokemon. Other services due for the chop …

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