Mucky Foot shutters doors

British developer of Blade 2 shuts down. Fate of Bulletproof Monk unclear.

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The British development community lost another member over the weekend when Mucky Foot Productions, the studio behind Startopia and Blade 2, shuttered its doors. "It is very sad," said a spokesperson for the studio, continuing, "We haven't released a statement yet, as I think this was the last thing on the directors' minds." The closure of the Newcastle, UK-based studio--founded in 1998 by a group of former Bullfrog employees--put around 50 people out of work.

The publicist didn't comment on the status of Bulletproof Monk, the Mucky Foot-developed movie adaptation which was due for consoles and PC later this year.

Empire, the game's publisher, said through a spokesperson that it was committed to the Bulletproof Monk project and intends to release the game in Q1 2004.

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