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After 23 years of game development, Blitz Game Studios has officially confirmed that it has laid off a majority of its workforce, which includes 175 people.
All is not grim, since word is spreading that 50 former staff members are now making an effort to create a new company. The new studio will, presumably, continue to work on two projects that were underway at Blitz. In addition to that, Rebellion Developments -- the studio behind the Sniper Elite series -- is most likely going to take on the remaining staff from Blitz.
Blitz co-founder Philip Oliver stated that "frustrations with clients, the global economic crisis, and more than our fair share of simple bad luck" eventually led to the company closing its doors. "We have done all that we can to make Blitz a success, and we have come frustratingly close in recent months," he continued. "Major clients have felt unable to commit to investment in significant projects, others have changed strategy whilst appearing committed, and others have been slow to commit at all - all of these things have continued to hurt our finances. We have also sustained the business for some time with our personal savings but even those reserves have now been exhausted."
Last year, there was an effort to restore the Dizzy series via a Kickstarter campaign, but it didn't work.
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