Monster Meltdown and Death Inc. developer Ambient Studios announced on its company website that it will be shutting down as a result of serious financial issues.
"It’s time for a sad announcement: Ambient is shutting its doors," reads a statement on the developer's official website. "It’s been an amazing ride and we’ve produced some amazing products like Monster Meltdown and Death Inc. We’re super proud of what we achieved, but ultimately we didn’t manage to make enough money to keep the wolves from the door. And so we had to make the difficult decision that it is no longer feasible for Ambient to continue operating."
"Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement along the way, we’ve got no regrets and have loved every minute of it," the statement continues.
The company tried its hand at a "paid alpha" for Death Inc., but the money generated from it was not enough to pay down whatever debt and expenses the studio faced. The statement goes on to say that those who contributed to the paid alpha program will get full refunds:
"Obviously we cannot deliver on the commitments we made in the various Death Inc. alpha tiers. If you’re one of the alpha backers, don’t worry – we will be issuing full refunds so you will not be in any way out of pocket."
The decision to close its doors seems a bit abrupt, but clearly the company has more information on its financial situation than the rest of us do and it made the decision to close based on that information. We wish the employees of the company the best of luck in finding new work within the industry.