Future Unclear for Game FranchisesJames Brightman
Take-Two Interactive has today confirmed that its Utah-based Indie Built development studio has been closed. The move became effective on Friday.
Some jobs will be lost due to the closure, but the Indie Built employees are being offered packages that include continued salary and benefits, and other opportunities within Take-Two, where appropriate, will also be a possibility.
The studio known for sports titles such as Top Spin, Amped and Links was formerly one of Microsoft's internal studios, but in December of 2004 Take-Two picked up the developer in order to strengthen its development for next-gen and to enhance its portfolio of titles. Before becoming a part of Microsoft in 1999, Indie Built was known as Access Software and was known for its golf franchise Links.
Most recently Indie Built worked on Amped 3 and Top Spin 2 for the Xbox 360. The future of these franchises remains unclear.
[Update] Although Indie Built has been shuttered, it's likely that these franchises will live on. "Take-Two retains all rights to the Indie Built IP (Amped, Links and Top Spin) and is fully committed to its 2K Sports brand and franchises," Take Two director of corporate communications James Ankner told GameDaily BIZ.