Studio Behind Phantom Dust Reboot Shuts Down, MS still working on it

Oct 18, 2011
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Independent development studio Darkside Games, which was working on the planned reboot of the cult classic Phantom Dust, shut down this afternoon in the wake of news that Microsoft had cancelled their version of the game, Kotaku has learned.

Microsoft, however, says they're still working on the upcoming Xbox One reboot.

"Microsoft partnered with Darkside Game Studios in the development of 'Phantom Dust,' but our working relationship has now ended," a Microsoft spokesperson said. "We have great respect for their studio and their work in the industry. While we do not have anything new to share on 'Phantom Dust' at this time, we can confirm that development of the title continues. We look forward to sharing more details on the game as we get closer to release."
More here at the source (Kotaku).
 
May 27, 2013
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"The executives who saw it were impressed and as late as this morning gave our team every indication that the project was on solid ground," said one of those people, who requested anonymity while speaking with Kotaku because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the situation. "Yet we got the phone call today that someone up on high who in all likelihood wasn't even aware of the game in detail shut it down."
Damn. :/
 
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Personally, I saw this coming.

IMO MS isn't really committed to 1st Party Development beyond Halo and a few others.

I wouldn't be surprised if Crackdown follows a similar path.
 
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They shouldn't have revealed it so early from the beginning.


As long as they found another decent dev, everything is fine.
They were smart to show what they had. Its another game on the horizon, better than nothing. It serves to gage how much interest the it in a game and to give it a chance to not be cancelled.

The prime example of this is TLG for Sony, it might lead to frustration but in the end it gives the game much more attention and possible more sales. If TLG was never shown it would have been cancelled by now.
 
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"The executives who saw it were impressed and as late as this morning gave our team every indication that the project was on solid ground," said one of those people, who requested anonymity while speaking with Kotaku because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the situation. "Yet we got the phone call today that someone up on high who in all likelihood wasn't even aware of the game in detail shut it down."
If this is true, it speaks to some HUGE managerial problems.
 

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"Yet we got the phone call today that someone up on high who in all likelihood wasn't even aware of the game in detail shut it down."
Good ol' Microsoft. Talks the talk, then some random exec swings in and reminds everyone what a renowned clusterfuck the company is for project/team killing.
 

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May 17, 2013
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Dang, what a blow. I guess they did only show that CG trailer. Sorry for those who are eagerly anticipating this one, but at least it's still coming.
 
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Dang, what a blow. I guess they did only show that CG trailer. Sorry for those who are eagerly anticipating this one, but at least it's still coming.
I wouldn't necessarily count on it coming any longer.

I know they say it is and that Microsoft is doing it internally, but that sounds like the kind of thing you'd say just before quietly cancelling it.
 
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So if they're still working on it and taking it in house, it's at least a couple of years away.

On the plus side, there might be one or two price cuts before I want to get an XB1 by then, assuming it turns out alright. It's never promising to hear this.