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Ultima Forever to terminate this month

EA has said that iOS MMO title Ultima Forever will be permanently shut down on August 29th. This was a very difficult decision for us to make,” a statement read. We’ve seen the game through ups and downs, and hope that you’ve enjoyed playing it every bit as much as …

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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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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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EA is shutting down F2P MMO Lords of Ultima

EA’s browser-based MMO Lord of Ultima will shutdown this May, according to the publisher. No reason for the switch off was offered in an announcement posted on theLord of Ultima forums. The game’s servers will be pulled on Monday May 12th. Users should be aware that any purchased in-game currency …

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BloodRayne and Ghostbusters dev Terminal Reality shut down – report

Texas-based developer Terminal Reality has apparently been shut, according to one former employee. Gamasutra reports that Jesse Sosa has claimed on Facebook that the studio seems to have finally shut down”. The Terminal Reality website currently directs users to its Facebook page, which has not been updated for two months. …

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Play.com to shut down retail business

The closure of the Jersey tax loophole last year has been blamed for the end of Play.com as we know it. The retailer has confirmed that it will from March 2013 become a marketplace-only service, allowing customers to sell goods via their site with Play taking a slice, much like …

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THQ rumoured to close Japan publishing arm

THQ is set to close its Japan publishing arm at the end of this month, according to reports. These suggest the decision was made to close the office after the recent well-documented financial troubles of its parent company, based in North America. THQ recently axed 240 staff, with CEO Brian …

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Sony shuts Bigbig; restructures Cambridge studio

Sony has proposed the closure of Leamington Spa outfit Bigbig, which recently finished work on Little Deviants for Vita. Sony’s Cambridge division is also to be restructured. The studio is to partner with Netherlands outfit Guerilla Games, likely in a downsized capacity, to build Killzone games for PlayStation Vita. Sonysaid …

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‘Giant enemy crab’ finally defeated?

Game Republic, the Japanese studio responsible for a string of PlayStation-exclusive games, is believed to have closed down after eight years in business. The studio, founded by Japanese industry luminary Yoshiki Okamoto, is thought to have vacated its Tokyo offices. Its website servers are no longer online. Okamoto’s group built …

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