Volition, the developer behind the Red Faction and Saints Row series, has shut down.
Earlier today, developers at the studio began tweeting about a “full studio closure.” Shortly afterwards, the company issued a statement saying that “this past June, Embracer Group announced a restructuring program to strengthen Embracer and maintain its position as a leader in the video game industry. As part of that program, they evaluated strategic and operation goals and made the difficult decision to close Volition effective immediately.”
Volition Studio (Saints Row) is shutting down after 30 years. pic.twitter.com/zTwvXWQYWgAugust 31, 2023
Founded 30 years ago, Volition is a pretty long-serving studio. It was purchased by the company that would later be known as Embracer Group in February 2018, and transferred to Gearbox (best known for the Borderlands games) after the critical failure of the Saints Row reboot last year.
Embracer made a suite of acquisitions over recent years, but came into financial difficulty after a huge $2 billion deal with Saudi Arabia fell through. It announced the restructuring program earlier this year, and has faced criticism as a result of its economic strategy since then.
Volition’s statement goes on to say that the company is working “to provide job assistance and help smooth the transition” for developers. It’s not clear what that will mean, but it’s certainly possible that some of those affected by the studio’s closure will find their way to new jobs within Gearbox or the rest of Embracer Group.
Gearbox just announced the Borderlands Collection: Pandora’s Box, and is thought to be working on more games in its loot-shooter series.