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Microsoft Shuts Down Beloved Developers Arkane Austin And Tango Gameworks

Microsoft Shuts Down Beloved Developers Arkane Austin And Tango Gameworks. Photo by Xbox/Microsoft

Microsoft lays off a few of the companies they acquired after they bought Bethesda in 2021. Moreover, many gamers are sad about the abrupt news as many of their favorite games might not even receive sequels anymore.

Microsoft’s Acquisition Seems To Have Backfired

Microsoft Shuts Down Beloved Developers Arkane Austin And Tango Gameworks. Photo by Arkane Austin/Steam
Photo by Arkane Austin/Steam

The layoffs of four companies are worrying for the gaming industry. One of these companies even created critically acclaimed games. However, this doesn’t seem to save them from the possibility of being fired.

The first significant loss is Arkane Austin, who developed Prey and 2023’s disappointment, Redfall. While the latter left a bad taste in most gamers’ mouths, Arkane Austin was still trying to fix it. They even had more updates slated to be released before Microsoft shut them down.

Meanwhile, videogame industry beloved developers Tango Gameworks found themselves to be one of the unlucky four. Known for their games like Hi-Fi Rush and The Evil Within I and II, many gamers are surprised by the shutdown.

Microsoft Shuts Down Beloved Developers Arkane Austin And Tango Gameworks. Photo by Tango Gameworks/Steam
Photo by Tango Gameworks/Steam

Moreover, it’s even more confusing as Microsoft seemingly did a 180 turn by dissolving Tango Gameworks. Just last year, Xbox Games Marketing and VP Aaron Greenberg confirmed the success of Hi-Fi Rush.

Now, fans are lamenting the fact that they might not get a sequel to The Evil Within saga.

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Other Developers Offer Their Sympathies

Alan Wake 2’s Game Director, Kyle Rowley, offered his condolences on the company’s dissolution. In an even more wholesome tweet, he offered jobs to the fired game developers as Remedy Entertainment has open positions.

Meanwhile, Helldiver 2’s Creative Director and Arrowhead CEO questions the choice to dissolve rather than divest. Interestingly, the companies could have bounced back with different backers. However, Microsoft has crushed that possibility by closing these studios down.

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