The developer of one of the most intriguing games, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, is going dark. According to a post from The Chinese Room, the developer is going to halt its development activities for the time being. We do not know exactly why this has happened, but apparently, financial issues are to blame, according to an insider who told SegmentNext.
The Chinese Room silently laid off many of its staff recently when the development on its latest game, So Let Us Melt, was completed. The developer spoke with Eurogamer about what’s going on but the interview is yet to go live. Hopefully, that will shed some light on what’s going on at The Chinese Room.
There are always a combination of factors at play when a studio goes dark but the good news is that this may end up being temporary. The post on their official site mentioned that they are shutting down operations “for the time being” and won’t be “fully active.” CEO Dan-Patrick stated:
Back in June, I had a health scare – nothing life-threatening, but enough to pull me up short and make us have a serious think about things. This was right at the tail end of development on So Let Us Melt, following a long period of ongoing pitches and negotiations to secure the follow-up project for the studio. To cut a long story short, the situation – between financial pressures, trying to keep the lights on for the employed team, the stress of end-of-development, health issues – just wasn’t a tenable thing anymore. It was time to take a break, recharge, recover and have a good think about the future.
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture was a great experience and we hope to see this small studio back up on its feet for the sequel, and other new projects. So Let Us Melt is out now on Google VR, do give it a try to support this amazing developer.
You can also get Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture for PC, PlayStation 4.