Dark Void developer very quietly shuts up shop

Less than a month after launching its latest game, Murdered: Soul Suspect developer Airtight Games seems to have shut its doors. There’s been no public announcement of the closure, but the studio’s office space has been abandoned, with a sign advertising computers, furniture and gaming machines for sale.

Geekwire dropped past the former office for a visit and was greeted by the sign, which explains the “Office equipment blow out sale” is due to “company closing [its] doors”.

It even seems like the developer’s departure may have been somewhat hasty – a collection of Airtight‘s awards from previous E3 Expos was left scattered on an empty desk.

As well as Murdered: Soul Suspect, which launched in June published by Square Enix, Airtight was known for its past games, Dark Void and Quantum Conundrum.

The studio had faced tough times recently, laying off 14 employees in April as part of a “necessary restructuring”. The cutbacks saw former creative director Kim Swift left earlier this year, going on to join Amazon Game Studios.

At the time, Airtight spokesperson Jim Deal still seemed hopeful:

This restructuring is part of the normal ebb and flow of game production. Existing projects are on schedule and Airtight Games is actively seeking partners for exciting upcoming projects.

The official Airtight Games website is still online, with no mention of any unrest at the studio.

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