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Daedalic Shutting Down Game Development #1301282
06/30/23 03:49 PM
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You can read about it Here.

Surviving Deponia will still be created because an external studio was creating it.

Too bad they didn't stick with the adventures and went a different direction.

Here is a translation of their announcement found here.:

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Gollum and the consequences: The Hamburg game publisher Daedalic Entertainment is giving up internal game development.

Daedalic Entertainment GmbH, based in Hamburg, will in future focus on publishing, i.e. licensing, marketing and sales. The existing range includes, for example, Unrailed , Barotrauma , Inkulinati, Witch It and Shadow Tactics . "Eight promising releases" are in preparation for the current financial year alone .

At the same time, games will no longer be produced in the company's own development department at the Hamburg site. In a statement distributed on Friday afternoon, available to GamesWirtschaft, there is talk of a “difficult turning point” , which is also seen as “a new beginning in the long history of Daedalic Entertainment” .

When asked, Daedalic confirmed that 25 of the more than 90 employees are affected. Management said: “We value each and every member of our team and it is important to us that the transition goes as smoothly as possible. Therefore, we will support our former employees in finding new opportunities within our network.”

As part of the restructuring, work on another The Lord of the Rings game , which Daedalic Entertainment has been working on since mid-2022, will also be stopped. The Ministry of Economics (BMWK) has promised subsidies of more than €2 million for the project, which should appear at the end of 2024. Licensor: Middle-Earth Enterprises, a division of Embracer Group . According to Daedalic, the BMWK has already been informed.

The Surviving Deponia project announced in June is being developed by external studio AtomicTorch and is therefore not affected.

The team led by Carsten Fichtelmann and Stephan Harms has received numerous awards since 2007 for productions such as the Deponia series, Edna breaks out , The Whispered World and The Long Journey Home . Most recently, however, the Daedalic in-house developments were not under a good star: The novel adaptation Die Pillars of the Earth ( The Pillars of the Earth ), which was published in 2017, flopped, as did the strategy game A Year of Rain, which was discontinued prematurely . The two studio branches in North Rhine-Westphalia and Munich were already closed at the end of 2020.

After multiple postponements, the most complex and expensive Daedalic project for PC, PlayStation and Xbox to date was released in May 2023: The Lord of the Rings: Gollum based on the Tolkien fantasy saga. However, the content and technical condition met neither internal nor external requirements. The studio felt compelled to issue a public apology .

Even if The Lord of the Rings: Gollum did not meet expectations, one is "very grateful for the time and the instructive experience." Another patch is currently being worked on.

Since April 2022, Daedalic Entertainment has belonged to the French publisher Nacon, which paid €53 million for the Hamburg game developer ( background / column ).




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Re: Daedalic Shutting Down Game Development [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1301284
06/30/23 04:33 PM
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Thanks for the news Ana!

Re: Daedalic Shutting Down Game Development [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1301285
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This is a shame, as they made some very good adventures. However, they had already moved away from those. And maybe it's just in need of a patch, but Lord of the Rings: Gollum was indeed released in a horrendous state. That may well have been the final nail in the coffin.

Thank you for the news, Ana.

Re: Daedalic Shutting Down Game Development [Re: Marian] #1301287
06/30/23 05:46 PM
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I agree, Marian. Such a shame. But thanks for letting us know, BET.


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Re: Daedalic Shutting Down Game Development [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1301308
07/01/23 05:30 AM
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We had a lot of years with Daedalic and enjoyed many of their games. They did so well with Adventure games. Having moved away from them stetching their wings exploring different avenues probably played a big part in their demise and not just Gollum. Like Marian said, " the final nail." Sad to see them go

Thanks for the news Ana


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Re: Daedalic Shutting Down Game Development [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1304700
08/24/23 08:23 AM
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Ana Thank You whenever something like this happens we wonder and pick at our brains as to Why this Demise happens , But, not being a Game entrepreneur at Games-Pc computer etc. (I only love to play) its Yes sad-and (I) wonder where we go to from here life is short so when certain games comes out every once in awhile (I0 wonder will I still be together mentally -physically but bottom line Great Years - will be Missed
so sorry to see them go


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