Blizzard acquires studio behind fantasy battle royale Spellbreak
Blizzard Entertainment has acquired its first studio in over 15 years. In a report by VentureBeat, the company has acquired Boston-based studio Proletariat. The result is that the proletariat Spellbreak† a battle royale where you cast spells at your enemies instead of bullets, shuts down.
“After more than four years of elemental magic and spell combinations, we’ve made the decision to develop Spellbreak,” Company wrote on her website† “The servers will be shut down from the beginning of 2023.”
Proletariat was founded in 2012 and launched its first game, World Zombinationon mobile in 2015. In addition to developing traditional games, Proletariat also worked on creating Twitch-integrated games that allowed viewers to interact and play with their favorite streamers. Spellbreaklaunched in 2020, the Proletariat’s attempt to break into the already crowded arena of “what if” Fortnitebut -.” While the game put an interesting twist on the Battle Royale model, Proletariat CEO Seth Sivak said, revealed in a Reddit post at the announcement of the pending closure of the game that Spellbreak‘s novelty did not translate into financial success.
†Spellbreak was unable to break through and reach a sustainable place where we could continue to invest in it in the way we had dreamed of,” Sivak wrote.
Proletariat is joining the Blizzard family as the company itself is in the midst of an pending acquisition by Microsoft, which is expected to close sometime next year. According to VentureBeatthe staff of the proletariat will pass to the World of Warcraft team as Blizzard ramps up production on the dragon flight expansion, and the two studios have been working together since May.
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