Square Enix announced they’re shutting down Forspoken developer Luminous Productions and rolling its staff back into the main company.
The new change up will go into effect on May 1st and comes not long after the studio launched the big aforementioned fantasy RPG.
“The merger is part of the Company’s efforts to further bolster the competitive prowess of the Group’s development studios, a goal set forth under its current medium-term business strategy,” the company said.
They added, “SQUARE ENIX has developed numerous AAA high-definition (HD) games and possesses a wealth of intellectual property (IP) and content. Luminous Productions Co., Ltd. is meanwhile equipped not only with AAA title development capabilities but also technical expertise in areas such as game engine development. Combining the two entities will further enhance the Group’s ability to develop HD games.”
Luminous Productions also issued a statement on the closure:
An Update from Luminous Productions
You may have heard the news that Luminous Productions is merging with Square Enix. Beginning on May 1, our talented team will join Square Enix to deliver new, innovative gaming experiences to players across the globe.
Between now and then we remain entirely focused on “Forspoken”. We are currently working on the previously announced patch to address overall game performance (we will deliver an update soon) and the DLC, “In Tanta We Trust”, is on track for release this summer. Thank you again for your patience and support!
When we established Luminous Productions in 2018, our vision was to make AAA games that fused technology and artistry to deliver completely new play experiences. Having the chance to do just that has been a dream come true. We appreciate you taking this journey with us and look forward to continuing to create new entertainment and experiences as a part of the Square Enix family.
The Luminous Productions Team