We all know that ‘gaming’ is a really competitive industry and that if you want to be successful, you really need to push something that will captivate your audience. And at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if your product will be a quality or a casual one, as all that matters nowadays is the amount of money you earn from your game’s sales. And unfortunately, Airtight Games has not been able to raise enough money in order to keep its studio alive after completing Mudered: Soul Suspect.
Even though Airtight Games has not officially revealed the bad news, Geekwire was the one to break the story and shared the following image that pretty much confirms the closure of Airtight Games.
Airtight Games has been developing games for over 10 years, and was responsible for Dark Void and Quantum Conundrum. Its latest game was Murdered: Soul Suspect; an adventure detective game that was published by Square Enix.
Here is our Performance Analysis article for Murdered: Soul Suspect. The game performs great on the PC platform, although it does not push the graphical boundaries at all. It has its issues but we’ve seen far worse games than it.
Going back to my earlier claim; it’s pretty obvious that studios need to come up with something unique to intrigue their fans and reduce their budget for their games (without compromising the quality of their games). Airtight Games is closing, Irrational Games has been shut down despite offering amazing games, Crytek is in deep trouble, and a lot of studios are laying off their employees.
Things are not looking good for a lot of studios and this is something that definitely worries us. Because if this thing continues, we may end up with only 1-3 triple-A games, A LOT of annual franchises that have already been established (Assassin’s Creed, Fifa, Battlefield, Call of Duty, etc.) and almost no new IPs.