Disintegration Studio V1 Interactive Announces Closure
Following a big game launch last year, the studio behind the strategy sci-fi shooter Disintegration appears to be calling it quits. Taking to social media, developer V1 Interactive announced the studio would be officially closing, with the unfortunate message expressing thanks to its past and present employees as well as the game’s community of supportive fans.
We are sad to inform you that V1 Interactive is officially closing.
We want to thank all the talented people at V1, both past and present, who helped make the last 5 years wonderful.
And a heartfelt thanks to the amazing community that supported us. pic.twitter.com/XX6Sxtc32o
— V1 Interactive (@V1Interactive) March 8, 2021
Ahead of its release last June, Disintegration memorably made a name for itself for its RTS-infused shooter gameplay and Halo-influenced style, a fact undoubtedly owed to the involvement of Halo co-creator and studio founder Marcus Lehto. While plenty of pre-launch footage suggested a unique and fan-pleasing offering, reality didn’t exactly line up with that sentiment. October saw the game’s multiplayer component completely taken offline, signaling a dwindling online audience a little over five months out from launch.
Even with this in mind, the closure of V1 Interactive is still somewhat surprising, as it brings a talented studio to its end much earlier than many would have expected. Following the recent announcement, a follow-up post from V1 boss Marcus Lehto declared the wellbeing of employees a “priority,” referencing plans to support workers so they have “ample time to search for new jobs” before the developer closes its doors for good. Lehto also hinted at what could have been for a potential Disintegration sequel, saying it “would have been a big one.”
Me too! The next installment would have been a big one
— Marcus Lehto (@game_fabricator) March 8, 2021
Disintegration is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, as well as PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S via backward compatibility.
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