InstantAction out of action

Browser-based gaming company formerly known as GarageGames calls it quits; Torque middleware engine support to continue.

InstantAction's efforts to elevate the quality of Web browser-based gaming have come to an end. Today, the company previously known as GarageGames announced that it would be shutting down its operations, with its eponymous online gaming portal already offline. However, InstantAction plans to continue supporting its proprietary game engine Torque as it searches for a buyer.

InstantAction's Tribes successor Legion was among the portal's offerings.

"Today, InstantAction informed employees that it will be winding down operations," Torque game engine operations director Eric Preisz wrote on the company's official blog. "While we are shutting down the InstantAction.com website and Instant Jam game, Torquepowered.com will continue to operate while InstantAction explores opportunities with potential buyers for Torque. We thank all of our past and current customers for their support."

InstantAction last snatched headlines in April, when it announced a new online distribution service that allows for embedding games nearly anywhere on the Internet, including blogs and social networking sites. As with streaming video, users can jump into a game instantly, instead of spending time downloading the software. However, games still must meet case-by-case minimum hardware specifications.

The Oregon-based developer's InstantAction online gaming portal launched in 2007 with the promise of delivering console-quality gaming through an Internet Web browser. The portal played home to a number of titles, including Cyclomite, from Bungie Studios founder Alex Seropian's Wideload Shorts.

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29 comments
suliboy25
suliboy25

noooooo! i couldn't wait for fallen empire legions to be re-continued f@(k u garage games torque was the bes!!!! :(

Apex3835
Apex3835

Thanks Haloexpert i have been looking for this so bad Legions was awesome i never got to play it properly though...

ildamos
ildamos

@MatrixKing THANK YOU for the heads-up!! I thought all hopes of a Tribes successor went down the drain with InstantAction. Thank you! I'll mention you on my site. I'll spread the news!

MatrixKing
MatrixKing

@N0tYrBeezin I agree, Garage Games should've renamed themselves as Torque Studios or Starsiege Studios. That would sound better than Garage Games.

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

@stakex007 Sure who didn't start off in a garage? But nobody else actually called it that because it sounded bad.

stakex007
stakex007

@N0tYrBeezin - The name Garage Games was likely a throw back to the early days of the computer industry when many games/programs/computers were made by someone sitting in their garage. For example, Apple Computers started off working out of Steve Wozniaks garage... So really theres nothing trashy about the name if you know the histroy behind the industry.

Evilnator
Evilnator

Damn, that's a shame. I really liked their games on instantaction.com... Legions was like the good old tribes which im sure not only I missed.

MatrixKing
MatrixKing

@ildamos The real Tribes successor is called Tribes Universe, which was announced back on Oct 23, 2010. It's in development by Hi-Rez Studios, the people who created Global Agenda (which has jetpacks as well). Anyway, I played instant action and it sucked. It took forever to load, and the graphics of Legions wasn't that great. Legions had potential, but oh well. I hope that IA employees get hired by Hi-Rez Studios to help improve Tribes Universe.

Sacif
Sacif

I really liked legions..I just never played it...not big into browser based games I guess.

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

Why would anyone name his company garage games? That sounded so trashy.

lock445
lock445

Anyone who still wants news updates about Legions and the Legions community should head over to legionsplayers.com

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

Never heard of em.. But its a interesting concept.. Weird thing is that most online free to play MMO's are doing rather well atm.. Especially the casual face book ones. They must've done something wrong..

Scotterius
Scotterius

Best of luck to those folks with their new careers. Psst...sand box games are awesome.

64316431
64316431

Was the pun really necessary? Otherwise, sad news.

Dagamemonkey
Dagamemonkey

Bum-ba-bum...another one bites the dust...

Caldrin
Caldrin

Funny this comes not long after the people behind Global Agenda announce Tribes Online..

nickito14
nickito14

i played there games they all suck except for the one in the picture

karenwen
karenwen

I must say the title Gamespot gave to this story brings out the lol though.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I thought EA scooped up GarageGames already? Guess I was mistaken, but I had this impression long before EA scooped up Unity...

ildamos
ildamos

And another Starsiege: Tribes spiritual successor bites the dust. I was kind of hoping Fallen Empires: Legion would resurrect the Tribes gameplay. This is depressing.

solar-panelz
solar-panelz

lmfao title should contain "ZING" at the end

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Weren't their games down for a really long time? I remember trying to play Tribes for over a month and it was down. Thats what happens when your toys are broken.

XanderZane
XanderZane

That's too bad. Hopefully someone with buy their "Torque" game engine. More employees out of work really sucks though.