THE BUZZ: Hydrophobia creator Dark Energy Digital is now in the process of shutting down, according to reports coming out today.
EGM’s TAKE: According to reports from GamesIndustry, the Manchester studio has now entered administration, with the fate of the studio’s staff and IP currently uncertain. However, GI notes that in January, Dark Energy Digital owners Pete and Deborah Jones founded Dark Energy Publishing, and that this new company could be picking up the developer’s physical assets and IP “at a bargain price”.
Hydrophobia, unfortunately, was a troubled game from the start. When it came out, it had a huge amount of issues—to the point that Dark Energy Digital ended up releasing a huge patch for the game’s initial Xbox Live Arcade release, along with a much-reworked “Prophecy” version of Hydrophobia for PS3 and PC.
It’s almost as if games based around surviving disasters are cursed: We had the troubles Hydrophobia hit, and I Am Alive also found itself having a very rough ride from initial concept to final release. Even though I had issues with Hydrophobia‘s gameplay even post-patch, I liked many of its ideas and wanted to forgive its faults. I never did get around to finishing the game—something I should do one of these days.