Most of the time, when we bring you news about the gaming industry here at eXplorminate, it is a joy. This time, however, it isn’t. Arcen Games announced last Thursday that they would be laying off much of their staff.
For those who might not be familiar, Arcen Games is producer of renowned games such as AI War, The Last Federation, and most recently, Starward Rogue (currently at 99% positive approval on Steam).
Chris Park, CEO of Arcen who made the announcement, largely blamed himself for Arcen’s financial troubles. He said he was very proud of how Starward Rogue turned out but regretted that his company had no marketing budget left to promote it. Even though Starward Rogue has been a critical success, it hasn’t been a financial success for Arcen, and that is what has – in part – lead to Arcen’s current situation according to Park.
Arcen is also in the process of developing their highly anticipated 4X title, Stars Beyond Reach. Park stated in his announcement that development will continue on that title. They still expect a Q2 2016 launch. We at eXplorminate are certainly hopeful that this game will see the light of day.
Despite the staff restructuring, Arcen’s entire catalogue of games will still be available both on Steam and on GOG. Park assures his fans that support for the games will continue even with the reduced staff thanks to the help of volunteers. You can read the full announcement on Arcen’s main site.