Epic Games Shutters Infinity Blade Dungeons Developer

Even as more game development studios open for business, several studios have been shut down in 2013. Impossible Studios is the latest victim to the axe, as Epic Games has announced it shuttering of the Maryland-based studio.

Made up of former Kingdoms of Amalur developers, Impossible Studios was founded by Epic Games last year after the dissolution of Big Huge Games and 38 Studios. They were immediately put to work on Infinity Blade: Dungeons for the iOS, which has remained in development for a year. It has since been put on hold.

Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney broke the news (via Gameranx) late yesterday evening:

We’re closing Impossible Studios.

When former members of Big Huge Games approached Epic last year, we saw the opportunity to help a great group of people while putting them to work on a project that needed a team. It was a bold initiative and the Impossible folks made a gallant effort, but ultimately it wasn’t working out for Epic.

In addition to providing Impossible Studios employees with 3 months of severance pay, we’ll be giving the team the opportunity to form a new company with the Impossible Studios name and the awesome Impossibear logo.

This means that Infinity Blade: Dungeons is now on hold as we figure out the future of the project.

Epic Games has not provided sufficient reason for shuttering the studio, and appears to remain silent on the matter beyond Sweeney’s announcement. The development comes as a surprise to many—Eurogamer notes that Impossible’s studio director Sean Dunn wrote the following post on his Twitter account just last week:

“Reminded on a daily basis how awesome it is to be a part of the @EpicGames family.”

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