Dutch game studio Two Tribes has hit the reset button on the studio, saying that it will – at the very least temporarily – close its doors and lay off all of its staff. The studio, which is best known for creating the Toki Tori series of games, said that it failed due to a switch from making work-to-hire games to building and developing its own intellectual properties.
The studio was formed in 2000 by Collin van Ginkel and Martijn Reuvers. For the first ten years of its existence it built games for other companies like the PC and Wii U versions of Mobigame's EDGE. After ten years of making other people's games, Two Tribes decided to try its hand at producing its own games, but that ultimately went awry. The company said that its latest game, Toki Tori 2 took way too long to develop, and didn't sell as well as expected when it was finally released.
While the studio is closing, its parent company Two Tribes Publishing is still in operation and will continue to publish the games it owns.
As for the studio, it may be going down for the count, but that situation looks to be temporary, according to its founders. The original co-founders Martijn Reuvers and Collin van Ginkel have already formed a new development studio with the same name and plan to start from scratch. Their focus will be on creating smaller games, with the first being a 2D side-scrolling shooter.
It is unlikely that the studio will hire back most of the staff it laid off though; the layoffs and focus on smaller games means the company wants to be leaner when it comes to spending.
We will have more on this story as it develops.