Murdered: Soul Suspect Developer Airtight Games Shuts Down
Supernatural detective thriller Murdered: Soul Suspect launched last month, but while it had looked like a promising and unique game, it was sadly met with rather mediocre reception. Unfortunately for developer Airtight Games, that mediocre reception was probably met with sub-par sales, and it now seems like the studio couldn't withstand those poor numbers. After laying off 14 employees back in April in what was called "necessary restructuring [as] part of the normal ebb and flow of game production," it now seems like the indie studio has closed its doors for good.
While its website remains online and company executives have not released an official statement, Geekwire is reporting that there's a sign outside Airtight's Redmond office saying the company is closing its doors, "and its office equipment was being sold off at heavy discounts." This seems a bit at odds with what an Airtight executive told IGN after the April layoffs, claiming that "existing projects are on schedule and Airtight Games is actively seeking partners for exciting upcoming projects." It's possible the studio couldn't find partners quick enough to keep the bills paid, or it's also possible that with the downsizing of the company, the smaller team will simply be moving to a smaller office. If the company has indeed shut down, that would certainly be a shame, especially considering its 2012 Portal-inspired, puzzle-platformer Quantum Conundrum was quite well-received (and I certainly recommend any Portal fan to pick it up).
Airtight Games was certainly willing to take risks and try new ideas, but sadly that risk may have caught up to it. Hopefully we'll learn more soon.