TheConcrete Geniestudio is closing its doors
PixelOpus, a Sony-owned studio famous for titles like Laced and Concrete Genie, has announced its closure. The studio announced its closure earlier today, citing a desire to focus on “new futures.”
The PixelOpus crew expressed their appreciation to their player base in a tweet.
“Dear friends, our PixelOpus experience must come to an end,” the statement reads. As we look ahead to new adventures, we want to express our gratitude to the millions of dedicated players who have always believed in us and our mission to create games that are both visually stunning and emotionally moving. How appreciative we are!
Respectful Acquaintances, Our time with PixelOpus is now officially over. As we go forward into the future, we want to express our gratitude to the millions of players who have believed in us and our mission to create games that are both beautiful and meaningful.
We appreciate everything so much! pic.twitter.com/rQO2Cgvhnq
As of 5 May 2023, via PixelOpus (@Pixelopus)
In a statement to IGN, Sony confirmed the shutdown and said that the company would officially shut down on June 2. Here is the full text of the announcement:
PlayStation Studios routinely checks its library and the development of studio projects to ensure they are in line with the company’s short-term and long-term strategic goals. The decision to shut down PixelOpus on June 2 was made following the latest round of evaluations.
Members of the studio have been vocal on social media about their sadness at the “loss of a terrific group, and a fantastic task.” Prior to this, the firm was working on a secret project for PlayStation Studios.
In 2014, Sony Interactive Entertainment established a new internal studio known as PixelOpus. After the success of Braided in 2014, the band released Concrete Genie in 2019.The latter received more favourable treatment.
We characterised it as a less-stressful adventure that let us relax, and we thought the supernatural-graffiti premise was very neat. It was disappointing to hear the ending after it sounded so fantastic. Each member of the group should eventually get up.
The opus ends
PixelOpus was developed in 2014 as a brand-new internal studio for Sony Interactive Entertainment. The group went on to make 2014’sBraided and after that, in 2019, launchedConcrete GenieThe latter was relatively favored.
We explained it in our evaluation as a lower-stakes experience that benefited loosening up, and it had a quite cool concept in its supernatural-graffiti principle. In general, it sounded cool and this closure is unfortunate to hear. Ideally, everybody on the group arrive at their feet.
Eric Van Allen
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