Hero shooter Gigantic’s developer Motiga has been shut down by publisher Perfect World, who acquired the company in 2016.
The studio looked as if it was going to be closed last year, when the acquisition took place initially in May. Perfect World stated that Motiga was not making enough revenue, though the employees continued to work regardless. Despite this, Perfect World has ultimately decided that they will be closing the doors on Motiga.
CEO and co-founder of Motiga, Chris Chung, offered up the following statement:
“All of Motiga was acquired by Perfect World last year. Perfect World decided to announce the arrangement as partnership by the directions from corporate for the reason we were not privy to. Yes, the closure was the corporate decision. It was a budgetary decision at the highest level. Perfect World as public company has a profitability goal and they decided to cut parts of the company that were not profitable.”
It is a shame that the studio behind the hero shooter is being shut down. There hasn’t been much revealed as to what actually happened, but it won’t come as a huge surprise given that it was nearly shut down last year. There has been the possibility of layoffs for the past couple of years, so it was arguably inevitable. There is likely to be more revealed on the situation as it develops, and there is staff who will be staying on for the time being who will continue to bring support for the game, though how long this lasts remains to be seen.