Piranha Bytes, the studio behind franchises like Gothic, Risen, and Elex, has addressed rumors that the studio could also be going through closure.
“Sure, it is true. We, Piranha Bytes, are in a troublesome scenario. There are a whole lot of information about us circulating proper now and that is our reply: Do not write us off but! We do every thing to proceed creating worlds in which you’ll lose your self. That is what our hearts have all the time overwhelmed for,” Piranha Bytes mentioned in an announcement.
The studio additionally defined it’s nonetheless in search of a accomplice on its subsequent mission and can present an replace as quickly as it could. Piranha Bytes was based in 1997 and purchased by Phenomedia in 1999. Phenomedia went bankrupt in 2002 and Piranha Bytes administration purchased out the studio. It was unbiased till 2019 when it was acquired by THQ and Embracer Group.
It is doable that Piranha Bytes’ present scenario is linked to the fallout of Embracer Group’s alleged 2 million greenback take care of a Saudi-backed sport firm. Embracer has already shut down a number of studios, together with Volition and Free Radical Design, whereas layoffs have taken place a different firms it owns. Piranha Bytes’ newest sport, Elex 2, was launched in 2022 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Sequence X|S. It acquired blended critiques on Metacritic, averaging a rating of 64.