Hand of Fate 2 studio Defiant Development is winding down

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Published by FileTrekker 1 month ago , last updated 1 month ago

Defiant Development are behind quite a few popular games, the most popular of which is the Hand of Fate series of games. Sadly, the Brisbane Australia based studio has now announced that the company is now "in caretaker mode" and will no longer develop new games.

The company has stated that changes in the game industry over the past decade has been the reason why they are now winding down, stating that they were "not able to change quickly enough" to keep up.

The studio founded in 2010 and in that time has developed several games, with the Hand of Fate series being the most well known. Hand of Fate is an interesting combination between card deck building and third-person combat gameplay.

The development team at the studio are now looking for new jobs, with the company staying on only to support existing titles. Eventually the company will wind down and close.


The Defiant model has always focused on creating games nobody else would. Games that reflected the skills and passions of our team. Games that did something new. Our process has always been focused on iteration and exploration. We go into dark places, searching for hidden treasures. We set out without knowing where the journey will take us, and we do so knowing that the unknown is not always safe. That is a risky way to make games, and we knew that. When it succeeds it delivers things you could never have considered possible. When it fails, it leaves you without a safety net.

The studio also released a video of one of it's in-progress games which you can see above, A World in My Attic, which will presumably now never see the light of day. It looks really good, too, which makes it all the more bittersweet.

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