Report: State of Emergency 2 developer shuttered

DC Studios ceases operations at Edinburgh development house, 29 staffers "made redundant."

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You don't have to read the reviews to know that State of Emergency 2 is bad news; just look at the path of destruction in the game's wake. The sequel was announced in October of 2003 by the original game's developer, VIS Interactive, which was purchased by Bam Entertainment four months later. VIS Interactive filed for bankruptcy in April of 2005.

Shortly after VIS' bankruptcy, Montreal-based DC Studios snagged the project from Bam and assigned it to its Edinburgh, Scotland, development house in May of 2005. Since that time, Bam Entertainment has followed VIS into bankruptcy, according to sources. And while DC Studios managed to release State of Emergency 2 for the PlayStation 2 in February of this year, poor sales have reportedly spurred the company to close the development studio responsible for the game.

Scotland's Sunday Herald is reporting that the studio has been closed and that its 29 staffers have been "made redundant." The paper says it received confirmation of the bad news from DC Studios founder and chief executive Mark Greenshields.

Sales weren't the only disappointing aspect of the game. "We had to pay a lot of money in order to complete the game," Greenshields said. "A lot of things were discovered after the acquisition. But when you buy something out of receivership, it's buyer beware."

The team had been working on two other unannounced projects at the time of the closure, Greenshields told the paper, and he stated that he would like to open up operations in Scotland again soon.

The article does not give an update on the status of the company's PlayStation Portable port of State of Emergency 2. GameSpot's calls to DC Studios' Montreal offices were not returned as of press time.

Discussion

43 comments
geoff-uk123
geoff-uk123

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Cloud2145
Cloud2145

I thought they were still working on this, but anyways I thougt SOE 1 was good, but SOE 2 was bad. =

OrionMD
OrionMD

maybe it has to do with cursed initials SOE- State of Emergency, Sony Online Entertainment SWG - both turned to crap and only bring pain to gamers and their wallets

HavePainkillers
HavePainkillers

I liked the first one but the second looked like it had nothing to do with the first which was all about carrying out missions under the cover of a riot. Thanik god I didn't buy this game...

Sandman100
Sandman100

State of Emergency 2 was released? I thought they were still working on the thing. Another title to be added to the list of cursed games. Fell sorry for the people who got fired. But SOE: 1 was not that good anyway. It all for the best.

gamerino
gamerino

Aw... well, maybe the game was cursed afterall. Like Macbeth or something. It was pretty crappy, but not as bad as some others who do quite well.

Rumstocker
Rumstocker

wow they made state of emergency 2 ... nice move

MSE369
MSE369

hahahaha i saw this comin :P

cikame
cikame

duke nukem forever? whats that got to do with this that wasn't even released

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

Now, that is very sad... Anyway, let me check my XBox-Live download.

mattbirdy
mattbirdy

IT SUCKED i work in a GAME shop and we sold like 3 copies since feb and 2 came bk lol how sucky is that

mikepanayi
mikepanayi

this was a cool game!!! i mean beating people to death with body parts was fun!!

unreal_master
unreal_master

lol maybe if they tried to make the g ame not suck they could eat real food and not state of emergancy 2 discs =) we gotta dispose of them some how dont we?

Dafdiego777
Dafdiego777

That's what you get for making bad games.

dhmy2kgto
dhmy2kgto

The game is cursed, that's why it call state of emergency, haha

thekey
thekey

The first one sucked anyway, and the second one they put no effort into it, so what do you expect?

Terran499
Terran499

Another company bites the bullet

Renegade47
Renegade47

I saw the thing in GAME a couple weeks back. Never even knew it was out. I nearly forgot it existed.

Fauij
Fauij

never to be a sequel.....................

gameloverx
gameloverx

well it's their fault that they made SOE 2

rynmls
rynmls

just right for creating bad games...

AA7
AA7

State Of Emergency 2 was absolute garbage.

redxwarriorxxx
redxwarriorxxx

Let this be a lesson to all that you get what you give. Crap = crap

TraiklinX3
TraiklinX3

the sad thing is, those two other games might actually of been really good. It's to bad they had to release SOE2, Maybe if it was released a few years back it might of done alittle better but from what I played it seemed like it was trapped back in 2002/3 in terms of graphics and gameplay. Atleast they were told the studio was closing and didn't show up for work today only to be told "get your **** and get the **** out!" like so many seem to be.

gogeta85
gogeta85

the first game was not good how was this one gonna be any better lol

LordGamer0001
LordGamer0001

oh man. i played the first one and to make a sequel is just crazy.

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

SOE 2 had nothing to do with original except some characters. No free-raoming and no real chaos. Less violence... At least they could have followed the 1st one.

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

That's too bad for the guys that were working on the game; so they got fired. That's what happened when they don't do the right job.

pearcer
pearcer

State of Emergency 2 IS CURSED I say, the day my friend got it his t.v went up the spout :P lol.

Stephen361984
Stephen361984

Another title to be added to the list of cursed games

ketsuatama
ketsuatama

Make lousy games, you lose money then you lose your job - simple commercial economics.

Dagoth666
Dagoth666

State of Emergency 2 was released? I thought they were still working on the thing.

xx_patRIOT_xx
xx_patRIOT_xx

the disease called State of Emergency 2 takes another bunch of souls.... to DAVEY JONES LOCKER!