Lince Works, the Barcelona-based development studio behind stealth-action games Aragami and its sequel, Aragami 2, is closing its doors in April 2023. The studio cites the unfavourable economic situation as a key reason for its shuttering. Both games will remain on sale, and the second game’s online co-op features will continue to be supported.
“We have been lucky enough to work on what we love for the past nine years, pouring our hearts and souls into creating immersive and entertaining games for you to enjoy, and we are so proud of what we have accomplished,” Lince Works advised the statement posted on Twitter and Steam. “But unfortunately, we have come to the end of our journey.”
“The last couple of years have been particularly difficult as we shifted towards the development of new IPs and a new course for the company. We were ambitious about what we wanted to achieve as a studio, but sadly, although we made good progress, the economic context was not favorable and we ran out of time. It breaks our hearts to know that all the work we have done for the past year will ultimately not come to a completion.”
It is always a shame to see a promising indie developer close its doors, particularly one behind excellent titles like the Aragami games. The pressures generated by the pandemic-induced shutdown and subsequent economic downturn have impacted many studios, and unfortunately many smaller teams have not been able to survive. Hopefully the ex-Lince Works developers are able to find new roles soon and can put their ideas to use in new projects in the future.