If you're one of the many gamers drifting their way through the town of Salem in the recently released Murdered: Soul Suspect, the news that the title's developer Airtight Games has closed its doors may send you to an early grave. Just one month after release, the rumoured closure of the firm has been confirmed by numerous news outlets, which, after visiting its offices, found its workspace for sale and all of its equipment up for auction.
The only remains of the independent outfit are a mass of ribbons and awards that its otherworldly adventure received over the past year. While executives have yet to step up and give the official reason for the closure, the gaming community is creating more gossip than a bunch of high school girls. With everything from scathing reviews to dogs eating its official paperwork to blame, we're going to make a cuppa and hold tight for an official statement. Do you think that the studio has met an untimely end, or was this premeditated? Leave your investigation notes in the comments section below.
A real shame — Murdered: Soul Suspect may not have been the best game, but at least it had the audacity to try something different.
@get2sammyb maybe that was the problem I mean people moan about there being no inovation in games and milking franchises and then what happens when something new comes along it doesn't sell because people just go out and buy the latest COD or Fifa instead when all they did with those was give them go faster stripes
@FullbringIchigo Yeah, I think you're right, sadly. If we want original concepts in the marketplace, we have to prove that we're willing to pay for them. Fortunately, the indie space is picking up a lot of that slack lately.
@FullbringIchigo Thats the biggest problem with the industry in the west these days. People just call for innovation & new experiances because they think its hip, when all they really want is a new perk on COD and they're satisfied. Won't be long till studios like Quantic Dreams close up at this rate and then Im done with the games industry in the west
I feel sorry for the lass over at IGN who reviewed the game as some Youtube commentators, one called Dark Side Phil, have been blaming her review for the closure. Seriously. Apparently if the game would've scored better there, the drones at IGN would have bought the game and it would have kept the studio open with the increase in sale it would've got...
@MadchesterManc yeah there is that too, people look at a score and say "oh it's under 8 not playing that" also many of these big sites always seem to give big scores to certain games even if they are excatlly the same as the last version
honestly the whole reveiw system needs to change somehow
I really loved Murdered Soul Suspect and had hope to see of it but, I guess their won't be anymore now
This game is still on my list if games to play and it looks like I might be getting this cheap rather soon :/
I just find 'ghosts' tiresome in general. Beyond two souls was the exception.
@SimonAdebisi Really? I don't think there are enough games with ghosts, personally. Who remembers Ghosthunter on PS2?
@get2sammyb Ghosthunter was pretty good. A little clunky at times but still a solid game with fantastically atmospheric visuals. I also enjoyed Studio Cambridge's other Ps2 title, Primal.
Murdered Soul Suspect got hurt badly by the score mentality if it ain't a 8 or higher some people won't give it a chance these days, I really enjoyed it myself and liked how it tried to form its own identity.
@get2sammyb I meant in general like film tv etc, there isn't a lot but what is out there is pretty duff
Sad news indeed.
Murdered Soul Suspect is still on my list of games to play, just haven't got around to it yet. The review scored did impact my decision to not drop everything and run out and get it, but still intend to play this down the track.
The genre appeals to me greatly. I believe I will enjoy it.
@SimonAdebisi Agreed, it's a tiresome concept, holds no interest for me and I don't believe in it. They should have made another Crimson Skies. Or better yet, combined Uncharted with Crimson Skies for an alternate reality Nolan North, 'er, Nate Drake adventure!
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