Lost Planet 3 and Ninja Gaiden Z developer closes its doors, lays off employees, and sells assets
LA-based Spark Unlimited, who you might know as the developers behind Lost Planet 3, and most recently Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, is no longer making games, reports have revealed. The developer has since laid off all of its employees and are looking to shift assets via auction.
The closure was first spotted by a NeoGAF forum member, who spotted the developer’s assets and equipment up for sale on CMA Auctions, an asset liquidation site. The news has since been confirmed by Spark Unlimited’s chief technical officer, John Butrovich who said, “it’s the end of Spark as a game developer.” Principal members of the team have decided to since move onto other things Butrovich has revealed, and confirmed that the company’s co-founder had actually already resigned as presdident and CEO late last year “to pursue other ventures and interests.”
As for the developers latest work, apparently an in-development free-to-play game, has been cancelled along with all other projects at the studio, which lead to the company shutting down development. Notice the wording there? Spark Unlimited will still technically exist, as they still have ongoing revenue streams such as a 2014 movie called Nightmare Code that they produced.
The staff who have been laid off from the company are likely set to pursue other projects outside of video games, Butrovich has revealed.