“No respect at all. Execs living in a bubble”: Redfall’s Arkane Austin’s Closure Isn’t Going Down Well as Fans Rally Around the Stricken and Laid off Developers

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"No respect at all. Execs living in a bubble": Redfall's Arkane Austin's Closure Isn't Going Down Well as Fans Rally Around the Stricken and Laid off Developers

SUMMARY

  • Xbox's mass studio closure, including Arkane Austin, leaves staff working on Redfall DLC blindsided.
  • The gaming community expresses anger and frustration over a lack of transparency and sudden job losses for developers.
  • The incident raises concerns about the frequency of studio closures and their impact on the gaming industry.
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Redfall‘s studio was one of the many that were announced to be closed down by Microsoft around 24 hours ago.

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And, in what seems to be a shocking twist, it looks like the studio staff affected by these shutdowns was still working on its respective games the very day Xbox executive Matt Booty sent his now-infamous email.

Redfall Developers Were Still Working on the DLC

Say goodbye to the Redfall DLC
Say goodbye to the Redfall DLC.

Nobody was expecting the absolute internet frenzy that went down less than a day ago when Xbox reportedly announced that it would be closing down many of its studios in a move to reprioritize titles and resources.

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One of these studios included Arkane Austin. According to the email that was sent (and shared by IGN),

This studio will close with some members of the team joining other studios to work on projects across Bethesda. Arkane Austin has a history of making impactful and innovative games and it is a pedigree that everyone should be proud of. 

It also mentions that the Redfall DLC will be canceled, and the previous update will be the last. Servers will remain online, and some sort of offer will be given to players who purchased the DLC beforehand.

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If that wasn’t bad enough, inquisitive X/Twitter users have discovered that the game’s developers were working on the DLC just five hours before they were informed that their studio would be closing down.

Imagine being told your project is over just hours after you were working on it. Needless to say, the entire situation has been terrible for everyone involved; a lot of studio staff has taken to social media to express its hurt, frustration, fear, and anger over the sudden end of its jobs.

The Community Is Angry, and Everyone Wants an Answer

Nobody is satisfied with Microsoft's reasons for closing down these studios
Nobody is satisfied with Microsoft’s reasons for closing down these studios.

The sudden announcement that Arkane Austin, Alpha Dog Studios, Tango Gameworks, and Roundhouse Games would be closed or consolidated with other studios shocked the entire gaming community.

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X/Twitter is on fire right now, with people scrambling to understand what went down and why. The Arkane Austin case is especially bizarre, with many shocked that staff was working on the game just before being informed that its project was a bust.

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Because of this discovery, the studios were likely given zero heads-up before being told they were being closed.

In that case, none of the staff was prepared to be let go, nor would it have enough time to plan what to do after.

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It seems like there’s news of a studio closure happening every other week. With the direction the industry is heading, it feels like we’re on the verge of a major crash.

This is a scary place to be for many; of course, gamers lose out on good games. But what does this mean for those who have dedicated their entire lives to an industry going through an endless cycle of crunches and layoffs?

What do you think is the solution to this industry epidemic? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Written by Vibha Hegde

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Vibha is an avid gamer that has been in the content writing space for over three years. With a Bachelors in Computer Applications, Vibha chooses to explore their passion for pop culture and gaming. When not hunkered over a controller trying to beat the Demon of Hatred in Sekiro, you can find Vibha relaxing to jazz during a digital painting session.