Airtight Games has had a rough old time of it recently. Their Creative Director Kim Swift (one of the co-creators of Portal) jumped ship to team up with Amazon Fire, their OUYA exclusive released onto a floundering system and layoffs have been reported over the course of the year.
Sadly, it appears that the critical drubbing visited upon Murdered: Soul Suspect was the straw that broke the camel's back, so to speak, resulting in the beleaguered studio closing their doors today.
"Thanks to all of the fans, family, friends and colleagues who supported us and made the last 10 years possible," Airtight Games confirmed in a bittersweet Tweet. "Thanks to all of the amazing people that worked on Dark Void, Quantum Conundrum, Murdered, Soul Fjord, Pixld and DerpBike."
It's an oddly inconsistent yet pleasingly ambitious oeuvre, a grab-bag of the mediocre and the impressive, not to mention Quantum Conundrum that proved to be their biggest hit due to Swift's influence. However, it's clear that Murdered: Soul Suspect was too involved a project for the team to take on, resulting in a gameplay experience that was barely-interactive in parts and drags down a fantastic storyline.
"I wanted to love this game so very much, and the ideas behind it are innovative and interesting and far too good to deserve a mediocre showing such as this," an exasperated Matt wrote in our 4/10 review. "But sadly that's exactly what Murdered: Soul Suspect is to be honest. Pretty mediocre."
As they say in this industry, "you're only as good as your last game," and unfortunately Murdered: Soul Suspect will be Airtight's last game. We wish the best of luck to everyone involved, as always.