Tale of Tales has announced today on their website that they will be closing down. The announcement came from Co-Founders Michaël Samyn and Auriea Harvey themselves. This is due to their most recent game Sunset being a commercial flop only selling 4,000 copies despite receiving positive reviews by the press. This number also accounts for all the people who helped fund the game via Kickstarter as well as purchased after it’s release.
“In the end, we spent more money than we had on the production of Sunset. Because we wanted to make it really good and reach a wider audience. Compared to the ambitions we had for the game, the extra $40,000 seemed like a relatively small sum. “Surely we can make that amount back in the first month of sales!” wrote Samyn and Harvey in the announcement of the studios closure.
Despite all the setbacks, they both said they are proud of what they have accomplished with the game.
“We are happy and proud that we have tried to make a “game for gamers.” We really did our best with Sunset, our very best. And we failed. So that’s one thing we never need to do again. Creativity still burns wildly in our hearts but we don’t think we will be making videogames after this. And if we do, definitely not commercial ones.”