21 October 2013

No more major game development in Canberra?

| johnboy
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IT Wire is calling game over for the 2K Marin Canberra studio:

Several different sources have told tech media today that 2K Marin, a studio based in both California and Canberra, has been effectively reduced to zero following the release of The Bureau earlier this year, which was widely panned on its release.

Polygon is reporting the only developers safe from the layoffs are those who are leaving to join the new Bay Area 2K studio led up by former Gears of War lead and BioShock Infinite producer Rod Fergusson.

One source meanwhile told game news source Rock, Paper Shotgun that the studio was “essentially” closed, while Gamespot is reporting the studio has been hit with “significant reductions.”

Having produced just Bioshock 2 and the widely loathed The Bureau: XCOM Declassified it’s easy to see why their services were no longer required.

But still a shame.

So here’s Yahtzee’s take on their last effort for old times sake:

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Not sure if this is the case – I think the Canberra studio went back to being 2K Australia (not 2K Marin) a while ago, and was contributing to Bioshock Infinite (and presumably the forthcoming DLC) rather than XCOM.

I haven’t seen any actual sources showing that Canberra is shutting down; it could just be an assumption on IT Wire’s part.

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