2K Australia, a company that has been making numerous video games since 2002 including “Freedom Force,” “BioShock” and “Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!” has decided to close down its studio in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.
Kotaku Australia reports that 2K confirmed the news about the closure of its Canberra studio. The company cited development costs as one of the reasons for the decision.
“We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process for 2K Australia in order to better manage ongoing development costs while improving the working proximity of our creative teams. We are very grateful for the team’s valuable contributions to numerous 2K projects, and are working with affected staff to explore reassignment opportunities where possible,” 2K Games states in the Kotaku Australia report.
2K Australia was first established under the brand Irrational Games, Australia in 2000. In 2006, 2K Games acquired the company and in 2007, it was finally renamed as 2K Australia. The re-branding of the company that specialises in computer and video games and interactive entertainment coincided with the release of the “BioShock” game.
2K Australia earned the distinction of being the only AAA developer in the Land Down Under. The AAA classification is given to video games that have the highest budgets for development and promotion levels. Having an AAA classification simply means that customers are getting high quality games. Below are some of the games developed by 2K Australia.
2K Australia’s Video Games
- “Freedom Force”
- “Tribes: Vengeance”
- “SWAT 4”
- “BioShock 2”
- “BioShock Infinite”
- “The Bureau: XCOM Declassified”
- “Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!”
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that sources close to the 2K Australia studio closure situation claim that the company considered moving to Melbourne to attract fresh talent. But it didn’t pan out.
Matt Stimson, the International Game Development Association’s Canberra chair spoke to SMH about the closing down of 2K Australia. He commented on the timing of the closure as well as its impact to the Australian gaming industry. Stimson thinks that 2K Australia’s decision to close shop will greatly affect the ACT area in a bad way.
“There has been a strong pedigree of developers coming out of the ACT and I think this is going to make it more difficult to grow an industry in this town,” Stimson said in the SMH report.
Watch the “Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel” – “Claptastic Voyage & UVHUP2” Trailer:
CREDIT: YouTube/2K Australia & New Zealand