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Concrete Genie team PixelOpus, which is a first-party developer part of PlayStation Studios, has put out a tweet saying it's being closed down. The post reads: "Dear friends, our PixelOpus adventure has come to an end. As we look to new futures, we wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to the millions of passionate players who have supported us, and our mission to make beautiful, imaginative games with heart. We are so grateful!" In a statement to IGN, Sony confirmed PixelOpus will be shuttered on 2nd June 2023.

Sony said: "PlayStation Studios regularly evaluates its portfolio and the status of studio projects to ensure they meet the organization’s short and long-term strategic objectives. As part of a recent review process, it has been decided that PixelOpus will close on June 2."

In June of 2021, PixelOpus had been hiring for a new PS5 game built in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation on Unreal Engine 5. This led to much speculation over what the project could be, with fans dreaming of a tie-in title with the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movies. It no longer looks like that experience will come to fruition.

PixelOpus also released Entwined, and has never been a particularly large developer within Sony in terms of how many employees it has. Still, Concrete Genie was one of the PS4's most unique experiences, and its loss will be felt on PS5.

Senior environment artist Bob Archibald adds: "I like to think that with Concrete Genie — we made the world an ever-so-slightly better place... and not too many games these days have the chance to try and do that. I will always be grateful for my time building imaginative worlds with this incredible team."