Renowned Creators of Gothic and Elex, Pirahna Bytes, Allegedly Cease Operations

Piranha Bytes Shut Down

Piranha Bytes, the designer of collection such as Elex, Gothic, and Risen, has actually been closed down. The workshop was possessed by Embracer, which had actually been looking for a purchaser for the German designer as component of its recurring cost-cutting restructuring complying with stopped working $2 billion take care of Saudi Arabia- backed Savvy Games Group in 2014.

It was reported that Pirahna Bytes was trying to find a brand-new author complying with work cuts in 2014. In January, complying with a duration of radio silence and lack of exercise from the workshop, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Micahel Rüve addressed reports of an upcoming closure by mentioning the firm remained in a “difficult situation” while sharing positive outlook regarding discovering a companion by stating, “Don’t write us off yet!”

However, German web site GameStar (as appeared by Eurogamer) released a tale reporting the workshop was formally closed down in lateJune Despite this record, there still has actually not been a main news of closure from Embracer or Pirahna (the workshop’s website continues to be non-active, nevertheless), and information regarding exactly what occurred are limited. Game Informer has actually called Pirahna’s author THQ Nordic for remark and will certainly upgrade this tale with an action need to we get one.

However, earlier today, Pirahna leaders Bj örn Pankratz and Jenny Pankratz announced the development of Pithead Studio, a brand-new indie workshop. In an announcement video, both recognizes Pirahna’s silence over the previous couple of months and states they intend to respond to inquiries regarding Pithead’s starting on their YouTube network beginning eachMonday

Piranha Bytes was started in 1997 and is possibly best recognized for developing the Gothic collection. The workshop additionally created the 3 Risen titles and the Elex collection; its last launch was Elex II in 2022. A remake of Gothic 1 is presently in growth by a various workshop, Alkimia Interactive Piranha Bytes was gotten by THQ Nordic in 2019, itself a posting subsidiary of Embracer Group.

If real, this information would certainly stand for the current Embracer casualty complying with the closure of Alone in the Dark developer Pieces Interactive last month. After months of discharges, workshop closures (consisting of Saints Row designer Volition Games and Timesplitters designer Free Radical), and selling its buildings, Embracer split itself into three companies in April: Middle- planet & & Friends, Coffee Stain &Friends, andAsmodee



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