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Topic Subject:Big Huge Games Closing It's Doors
Maffia
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(id: fred_ernie)
posted 05-25-12 05:37 AM EDT (US)         




Big Huge Games, the company that brought us AoE3:TAD and Rise of Nations among others as well as parent company 38 Studios have been shut down and all staff laid off.

The move comes after disappointing sales from 38 Studios first IP Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, which was being developed by both 38 Studios and BHG with less than half the number of sales needed to break even leaving 38 Studios unable to make loan payments to Rhode Island State government.

There are also reports that staff had not been paid this month and the companies medical insurance had expired.

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38 Studios and Big Huge Games Shutting Down on Kotaku

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Bart331
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posted 05-25-12 11:44 AM EDT (US)     1 / 9       
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posted 05-28-12 03:25 AM EDT (US)     2 / 9       
And that concludes the story of Age of Empires. I hope you enjoyed it while it lasted.

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musketeer925
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posted 05-28-12 09:36 AM EDT (US)     3 / 9       
I don't think this thread is titled correctly. How about "Microsoft is closing Big Huge Games' doors.
Maffia
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posted 05-29-12 01:19 PM EDT (US)     4 / 9       
Microsoft don't own BHG, 38 studios do/did.

I don't think MS ever owned BHG (could be wrong), THQ used to, I think they were independent before that.

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As_Saffah
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posted 06-11-12 02:24 PM EDT (US)     5 / 9       
sad news indeed.

Seems like the non-Starcraft RTS is dead.

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grandevous
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posted 06-28-12 09:44 AM EDT (US)     6 / 9       
Wow this is really sad. Kinda having a little hope that they would make another age game but that ends my hopes.
The Jackal
Skirmisher
posted 07-05-12 08:22 PM EDT (US)     7 / 9       
Any chance of BHG doing a new RTS was snuffed when Bryan Reynolds left to join Zynga. That said, this is really a parable about the importance of having a good and compelling STORY for your video game.

I don't know how many people actually tried Kingdoms of Amalur, but I was one of the few who bought it on the strength of the demo. It wasn't a bad game, it was trying to basically create a hybrid of God of War and World of Warcraft, but unfortunately they really failed to deliver in the vibrant and compelling story department. Coming on the heels of Skyrim didn't do them any favors though, either.
kaptain_kompost
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posted 07-23-12 05:59 AM EDT (US)     8 / 9       
*its
blackrosegul
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posted 10-02-13 00:58 AM EDT (US)     9 / 9       
I hope you enjoyed it while it lasted..

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