It has been confirmed that even after reducing by 150 people last month, Derby-based developer Eurocom has been unable to make ends meet and entered administration this morning. As a result, the remaining 50 people that were still on staff have been made redundant, ending 25 years of trading.Click here to read more...
NCsoft are closing Paragon Studios meaning the popular original superhero MMORPG City of Heroes is set to shut down before the year’s end.
Paid subscribers should take note that their recurring subscription billing has already been cancelled. Further details regarding a timeline for cessation of services will be revealed over the coming weeks. So we’d recommend getting as much game time in as possible before the servers are turned off permanently.
A statement on NCsoft’s blog read: “"In a realignment of company focus and publishing support, NCsoft has made the decision to close Paragon Studios. Effective immediately, all development on City of Heroes will cease and we will begin preparations to sunset the world's first, and best, Super Hero MMORPG before the end of the year.”
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Breaking reports suggest that Sony has closed their Liverpool Studio, the oldest and most experienced first-party development team in the European division. Sony Liverpool developer Sandy Lobban tweeted that it's "the end of an era today," backing up a report on the GRcade forums. Sony has apparently confirmed the closure to CVG, suggesting that they're looking to relocate the employees.
Originally known as Psygnosis back in the Amiga days before being bought out, Sony Liverpool proceeded to bring us WipEout, G-Police and Colony Wars. We've reached out to Sony for comment.
UPDATE: Sony has confirmed the studio's closure in a lengthy statement that praises SCE Liverpool's contributions. We've got it in full below.Click here to read more...
This company was dissolved on June 30th 2012.
We thank you truly for your patronage.
This home page will close on July 31st 2012.
Kotaku translated an interview with Iwata from last year that appeared on the studio's site, suggesting that once work had finished on Kid Icarus: Uprising, the studio would start development on Smash Bros.
Presumably, Sakurai will still be heading up the project under his Sora Ltd. freelancing agency, but most of the development duties will have passed to Namco Bandai.
Veteran Japanese studio Hudson Soft, who brought us Bomberman, Bloody Roar, Mario Party, Bonk's Adventure and other classic franchises throughout their 33 year history, will soon be no more. Konami has confirmed that the studio will be formally dissolved on March 1st, with their assets and staff being absorbed into Konami Digital Entertainment.
The move, which was apparently approved by Hudson board members earlier this month, was probably taken since Hudson haven't produced anything particularly noteworthy in recent years, but we'll still be sad to see them go. [Thanks, Andriasang]