Everybody's Gone to the Rapture Developer, The Chinese Room, Goes Dark After Layoffs

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture Developer, The Chinese Room, Goes Dark After Layoffs

The studio takes a break.

The Chinese Room, the studio behind such first-person games like Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, and Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, announced that the studio will be "going dark" for a few months.

The news comes from a blog post from co-founder Dan Pinchbeck on the studio's official website detailing the events of the decision to close down the studio, at least temporarily. The decision did however result in a lay off of the entire Chinese Room team.

Everybody's Gone To The Rapture

"In fact, this has been on the cards since earlier this year. Back in June, I had a health scare - nothing life-threatening, but enough to pull me up short and make us have a serious talk about things." Pinchbeck explains that along with the health scare, financial pressures and development workload contributed to the decision to ultimately "take a break, recharge, recover and have a good think about the future."

The studio's latest game, the Google Daydream VR title So Let Us Melt came out this month and two planned games, The 13th Interior (formerly Total Dark) and Little Orpheus are still in development, just not fully active development. Pinchbeck, Andrew Crawshaw and Jess Curry are still working on The 13th Interior until it's ready for a full development team while Little Orpheus will go into prototype at the end of the year.

Pinchbeck assures readers that this isn't the end of The Chinese Room writing, "Is it the end of The Chinese Room? No, I don't think so. But it's the end of a chapter, and we hope you can all be patient with us whilst we figure out what happens next."

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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