The video games industry is a rather volatile place, with many studios working paycheck-to-paycheck or project-to-project in order to stay afloat in a market which has ballooned over the years – making both success and failure even more likely. Unfortunately, Lince Works, known for creating the Aragami series, is now shutting down effective next month.
Making the surprise and unfortunate news on Twitter, the official Lince Works account released a statement saying:
“It is with deep regret that we have to announce that Lince Works will effectively stop the development of new projects indefinitely, starting this April. We have been lucky enough to work on what we love for the past nine years, pouring our hearts and souls into creating immersive and entertaining games for you to enjoy, and we are so proud of what we have accomplished. But unfortunately, we have come to the end of our journey.”
Explaining the reasons behind the studio’s closure, Lince Works claimed that “The last couple of years have been particularly difficult as we shifted towards the development of new IPs and a new course for the company. We were ambitious about what we wanted to achieve as a studio, but sadly, although we made good progress, the economic context was not favorable and we ran out of time. It breaks our hearts to know that all the work we have done for the past year will ultimately not come to a completion.”
They concluded by saying “We would also like to express our appreciation to our incredible team, who have worked so hard on bringing our games to life. It is with a heavy heart that we have to separate our ways, but we know that they will continue to bring their talent and passion to the industry in the future. We will do our best to help them find the best place to continue their career. Although we may be closing our doors, the memories and experiences shared with the team and you, our fans, will remain forever. Thank you for being part of our journey and for making it an unforgettable one.”
It is always sad to see a studio shutting down, especially a promising indie team with great future potential. Hopefully all those working at Lince Works are able to find new positions at other studios.
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