Sad news emerged today that Blacklight: Tango Down publisher Ignition Entertainment is to close its Ealing-based London studio on the 31st October.
An undisclosed number of development staff is said to be laid off with the closure, and work on internal projects Wardevil
and Project Kane
has ceased. Ignition's Group Chairman Hassan Sadiq said that these games have already passed proof of concept stage, however, and could be completed via outsourcing.
The company's London headquarters will remain, but instead of owning studios intends to work with external developers and expand its role as a publisher.
"Throughout the last year Ignition has gone through a number of changes, including bringing in a strong new management team with a core focus of working with the world's best external developers to bring AAA content to emerging downloadable platforms," Sadiq said.
"Development is ramping up at Ignition's free-to-play studios based in Austin and Beijing, as well as at internal console development studios in Florida and Tokyo. These combined with a number of new publishing acquisitions for release in calendar 2011 will ensure we meet the challenge of transforming into a next-generation publishing powerhouse head on."
SPOnG offers its best wishes to those that are to be affected by the studio's closure.