Developer Automaton Games has shut down leaving their Battle Royale title Mavericks: Proving Grounds canceled and employees looking for new jobs. Thankfully, Improbable, the makers of SpatialOS which Maverick: Proving Grounds was using has said that they would be trying to place Automaton employees in their company, according to a statement they made to GamesIndustry.biz. “Automaton’s closure and the ceasing of development on Mavericks is sad news,” said an Improbable spokesman. “Mavericks was a hugely ambitious project, and we were glad to support it with the networking technology that made its large world and innovative approach to multiplayer possible. Unfortunately, Automaton was unable to find further investment to support their ambitious development plans. Automaton Games is a talented team, and we will look to match any former Automaton employees to roles that we are looking to fill at Improbable.”
A statement on the official site for the developer reads, “Paul Cooper and Paul Appleton were appointed joint administrators of Automaton Games Limited on 30th July 2019. They are managing the affairs, business and property of the company… Please be advised that due to insufficient funding, the development of the Mavericks: Proving Grounds game has now ceased.”
It really is a shame, of the entire Battle Royale genre Mavericks: Proving Grounds sounded like it had the most potential to be something really unique and interesting. With 1,000 players on the map that really could have revolutionized the genre. A genre that does seem to be losing steam.
We hope that everyone at Automaton Games gets back on their feet quickly.
Source: GamesIndustry.bizRelated: Battle Royale, Mavericks: Proving Grounds, News, Shut Down, Shutdown, Sunset