While Barcelona is emerging as a flagship destination for the video game industry, thanks in particular to support from the Government of Catalonia (Paradox, Larian, IO Interactive, NetEase Games and Smilegate have all recently opened studios there), independent studio Lince Works announces with regret that its activities will end next month, in April, after nine years of existence. First backed by Kickstarter, Lince Works released Aragami in October 2016, a stealth game inspired by titles like Tenchu. While the team was hard at work on new projects, the company eventually got caught up in certain economic realities.
For lack of time and money
“The past two years have been particularly difficult as we moved into new license development and a new direction for the company. We were ambitious about what we wanted to achieve as a studio, but unfortunately, although we were making good progress, the economic climate was not favorable and we ran out of time. It breaks our hearts to know that all the work we’ve put in over the past year will eventually come to nothing.“, we read in the press release posted on Twitter.
The latter also confirms that the two studio games will remain for sale on all platforms and that the online collaboration will remain functional. “We will always be grateful to our community and players around the world. Your loyalty and passion for our games has been our driving force and we cannot thank you enough for the invaluable support you have given us over these years. We want to assure you that Aragami and Aragami 2 will continue to be available on all platforms and stores, and that online co-op will remain accessible.“
Thanks for this trip. A message from Lince Works. pic.twitter.com/hr72RIur2o
— Lince Works (@LinceWorks) March 7, 2023