Amnesia dev Chinese Room has 'gone dark'

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 25, 2017

The Chinese Room, developer of Dear Esther, Everybody's Gone To The Rapture and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, has announced it is "going dark".

The rest of the staff were apparently laid off back in June around when development on the company's latest project, a VR game called So Let Us Melt, was winding down. "No, I don't think so", he continued. It was time to take a break, recharge, recover and have a good think about the future. Hopefully, that will shed some light on what's going on at The Chinese Room. Pinchbeck affirms "this is a pause, not an end". We'll keep things gently ticking over: "talking to fans, being on twitter, the usual stuff, just... less".

As Game Informer notes, the team has two other projects in the works; The 13th Interior, and Little Oprheus. The post on their official site mentioned that they are shutting down operations "for the time being" and won't be "fully active".

Pinchbeck also wrote that the company's unexpected success and subsequently quick growth into a full-fledged studio became a source of difficulty, as the administrative demands running a studio put strain on the creative part of the job. Pinchbeck stated that the pair want to figure out how to be creatives, not managing directors, and it is an unfortunate reality that one can rarely be both.

"Is it the end of The Chinese Room?" No, I don't think so. "But it's the end of a chapter, and we hope you can all be patient with us whilst we figure out what happens next", Pinchbeck ended.

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