Hand of Fate Developer Defiant Ceasing Work On New Games

Hand of Fate Developer Defiant Ceasing Work On New Games

The studio shares one glimpse of what they were working on, too.

Defiant Development, maker of the Hand of Fate series, is closing its doors. In an announcement from studio head Morgan Jaffit, the Australia-based game development house announced it would be ceasing development and its team of developers would be seeking new employment.

Jaffit's post says, "The games market has changed in ways both big and small in the nine years we've been in business. We have not been able to change quickly enough to continue with them." He also posted a link to a trailer, embedded below, of what Defiant was working on next: a Jumanji-esque board game come to life called A World In My Attic, where it seemed you could explore hexes to play out adventures.

Defiant will be going into "caretaker mode" to continue supporting its existing products, namely the Hand of Fate series. The deckbuilding roguelikes mixed brawler action with card game strategy, letting you build an adventure out before you, much like A World In My Attic. It was certainly unique, and that's something Jaffit stresses in his post.

"The Defiant model has always focused on creating games nobody else would," Jaffit wrote. "Games that reflected the skills and passions of our team. Games that did something new. Our process has always been focused on iteration and exploration. We go into dark places, searching for hidden treasures. We set out without knowing where the journey will take us, and we do so knowing that the unknown is not always safe."

Studio closures like Telltale's and Studio Istolia are difficult. Hopefully these devs can land on their feet.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Eric Van Allen

News Editor

Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

In other news

Frost Giant Studios Is Another New Team Formed by Ex-Blizzard Employees

The founders of Frost Giant hope to make an RTS that'll resonate with a wide audience.

The Pikmin 3 Deluxe Demo Has a "Hidden" Boss, Speedrunner Discovers

There's a bit more of Pikmin 3 in that demo than intended, it seems.

You may also like

Tetris Effect: Connected Brings Some Competitive Edge Back to the Chillest Tetris

Enhance and Resonair are expanding upon Tetris Effect with new co-op and competitive modes, but the biggest draw might end up being a 1989 throwback.

Xbox Series X Initial Impressions: A Dramatic Entrance for an Understated Console

Here's everything you'll find in the box when the Xbox Series X arrives in a couple weeks.

Trails of Cold Steel 4 Is Out Today, But Don't Start Your Journey With It

The Trails of Cold Steel series is one huge saga, not necessarily four separate stories.