Finnish Studio Housemarque No Longer Making Arcade Games
Finnish developer Housemarque made some lovely arcade-style video games in the past, such as Nex Machina, Super Stardust, and Resogun, but it now thinks the genre is "dead." Although the studio's projects gained numerous awards and critical success, Housemarque CEO Ilari Kuittinen says they haven't sold in significant numbers.
"While some of them have reached a massive audience due to free game offerings across various digital sales channels, this unfortunately doesn’t help pay for development, which gets costly for high production quality," he writes in a blog post. "We are extremely grateful to our fans and partners, who have enabled us to work on awesome games like Super Stardust HD and Outland. For your unfailing love and support we thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
"While this genre will always hold a special place in our hearts, the industry is moving more toward multiplayer experiences with strong, robust communities, and it’s time for Housemarque to move forward with the industry," he adds.