Epic Games has closed Impossible Studios just six months after the unit was formed in August. The Hunt Valley, Maryland, outfit was staffed by former Big Huge Games developers and was working on Infinity Blade: Dungeons. That game is now on hold.
"When former members of Big Huge Games approached Epic last year, we saw the opportunity to help a great group of people while putting them to work on a project that needed a team. It was a bold initiative and the Impossible folks made a gallant effort, but ultimately it wasn’t working out for Epic," company founder Tim Sweeney said in a statement.
Staff at Impossible Studios find themselves out of a job for the second time in the past year, following the closure of Big Huge Games last May.
Sweeney said affected staffers will receive three months of severance pay and the opportunity to create a new company with the Impossible Studios logo.
The closure of Impossible Studios means Epic Games now operates seven studios around the world. These include its headquarters in Cary, North Carolina; Chair Entertainment in Salt Lake City, Utah; People Can Fly in Warsaw, Poland; Epic Games Korea in Seoul, Korea; Epic Games Japan in Yokohama, Japan; and Epic Games Seattle.