Sony Studio PixelOpus, Best-Known for Concrete Genie, Is Shutting Down
PixelOpus, a small studio owned by Sony Interactive Entertainment and best known for its work on Concrete Genie, will be shutting down. In a statement to IGN, Sony confirmed that the studio will officially close on June 2.
In a tweet posted today, PixelOpus thanked fans but said the studio’s adventure “has come to an end.” The tweet read:
Dear friends, our PixelOpus adventure has come to an end. As we look to a new future, we would like to sincerely thank the millions of passionate players who have supported us and our mission to create beautiful and imaginative games with heart. Thank you very much!
Dear friends, our PixelOpus adventure has come to an end. As we look to a new future, we would like to sincerely thank the millions of passionate players who have supported us and our mission to create beautiful and imaginative games with heart.
Thank you very much! ❤️🙏 pic.twitter.com/rQO2Cgvhnq
— PixelOpus (@Pixelopus) May 5, 2023
Bob Archibald, Senior Environment Artist at Pixel Opus, appeared and tweeted to confirm the news. I will always be grateful to be able to build imaginative worlds with this amazing team. <3."
i like to think that #ConcreteGenie – We’ve made the world a little better place…and we don’t get many chances to try that these days. I’m here. <3 https://t.co/F4Rk5Y0mf9
— Bob Archibald (@archibob) May 5, 2023
i was the only one @picerops It’s been one of the most creatively fulfilling jobs of my career since January. I am truly blown away by the talent of this studio. I am now saddened by the loss of a great team and a great project. I hope we can all rise up, preferably together. https://t.co/wcoghzz7B6
— Mark Vernon (@TheMarkVernon) May 5, 2023
It’s unclear if PixelOpus’ team has been laid off. Sony told IGN in a statement.
PlayStation Studios regularly evaluates the status of portfolios and studio projects to ensure that the organization’s short-term and long-term strategic goals are met. As part of a recent review process, it was decided that PixelOpus will be shutting down on his June 2nd.
Before closing, PixelOpus was a small subsidiary of San Mateo-based PlayStation Studios. The studio was founded in 2014 when he worked on Entwined, which was praised for its gorgeous artwork, and later Concrete Genie. We called it “short and sweet” in our review and wrote: Artistic Process – Like the core idea of Concrete Genie, you don’t have to actually paint, but I absolutely wanted to. “
PixelOpus was reportedly working on an untitled project in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation. It’s unclear if the project will be moved to another team.
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