Two Tribes, a company founded in 2001 and responsible for the Toki Tori games, has confirmed to have shut down.
According to the announcement made by the company’s founders, the closure was forced by its parent company, Two Tribes Publishing, who own and publishes all of the company’s titles.
Unfortunately the prolonged development of Toki Tori 2 and its following commercial failure led Two Tribes Publishing to close Two Tribes and lay off its eight employees.
Though the studio has shut down, the workforce has formed a new subsidiary of Two Tribes Publishing for its next game, a 2D side-scrolling shooter that will be developed with a “much smaller team” and will be powered by the Toki Tori 2 engine.
“Late October last year we had no other option. When Toki Tori 2 ended up taking way longer than expected and not achieving the sales we needed, it basically took the company down with it,” said co-founders Martijn Reuvers and Collin van Ginkel in a blog post. “We know it has been a rough couple of months for everyone involved, most of our natives spent between four and nine years of their lives at Two Tribes.”
This time though, the team is aiming at finishing their new game in less time than before. “Our focus will be on the design of our games, which we plan on making more of in less time than before,” said the co-founders.
Source: Two Tribes