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Shadowrun developer closes down

FASA Studios – developer of recent Xbox Live/Windows Vista crossover multiplayer FPS Shadowrun – has shut down.

They also developed Xbox titles Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge and Mech Assault, and a handful of cult RPG titles in the early nineties such as Earthdawn and the original Shadowrun.

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According to studio manager Mitch Gitelman, the team knew that the studio would be shutting down, but continued to support Shadowrun with three updates before making the closure public.

“It is my sad duty to announce that FASA Studio has officially closed its doors.

“Today was the official last day of employment for those of us who had not moved on to other positions within Microsoft Game Studios.

“While the rumours have been circulating forever, we chose to wait on an official announcement because we didn’t want people’s attention distracted from our last product, Shadowrun, a game we love.

“I am pleased that about half of us have found great positions elsewhere in MGS and Microsoft where they can share their experience and passion with the great people there.

“I’m saying goodbye to you on behalf of a group of talented and dedicated professionals who busted their humps for the love of the game. I am proud to have worked with and represented them to you and know that wherever they go, they will continue to kick ass.”

With the current spiraling costs of games development and publisher’s reluctance to endorse anything outside of the box (or even anywhere near the edges…), it’s always a shame to see a small development house who tried to be a little different go under.

RIP FASA.

The author of this fine article

is a Senior Staff Writer at Thunderbolt, having joined in April 2007.

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