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Hydrophobia Dev Entering Administration

Dark Energy Digital on the rocks.

Hydrophobia developer Dark Energy Digital has entered administration, according to reports.

The Manchester-based developer is thought to be closing its doors after poor sales of its flagship title Hydrophobia, which received middling scores from critics. Not even a significantly improved version, Hydrophobia Prophecy, was able to turn the company’s ailing fortunes around.

The game’s much lauded, purpose-built water physics engine is said to be up for grabs in any administration deal, making a purchase an attractive proposition. It has been suggested that the company’s assets could be bundled into a ‘pre-packed’ administration deal, which newly formed Dark Energy Publishing could be set to snap up with the physical assets and IP available at a bargain price.

Dark Energy Publishing, the interested party, was founded in January by Dark Energy Digital owners Pete Jones and Deborah Jones, along with the company’s technical director Gary Leach.

Staff wages are also in lieu according to GamesIndustry and it’s currently unclear what fate the staff will have with the studio entering administration.

Source: GamesIndustry

8 Comments
  1. Taylor Made
    Member
    Since: Oct 2011

    I actually enjoyed that game shame they closing down

    Comment posted on 20/03/2012 at 19:09.
  2. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    A real shame, tried the game but could get along with it.

    Comment posted on 20/03/2012 at 19:12.
  3. Unterred
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    Really liked Hydrophobia Prophecy. Bit rough round the edges but I was really glad to pick it up on PS+. Excellent move integration and I also thought the story concept was really good. Shame about the fact the story tailed off and the terrible ending. Definitely a shame about this dev going into administration. At the right price I would have been there for a sequel.

    Comment posted on 20/03/2012 at 19:15.
    • Jakster123x
      Member
      Since: Aug 2011

      Yeah, i got it with Plus too. Good fun but not a particularly great game, i thought. Still, never good to see anyone go into admin

      Comment posted on 20/03/2012 at 19:19.
  4. KeRaSh
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Got fed up with the game after less than an hour. I also thought the water physics were overrated. They didn’t seem as realistic as they wanted us to believe they were. It still sucks that they are going under.

    Comment posted on 20/03/2012 at 19:37.
  5. colossalblue
    Team TSA: Editor
    Since: Forever

    some of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure to meet in this industry, all very talented so I’m sure they’ll be okay eventually but it’s a tough time to have to go through.
    They have some amazing tech there too.

    Comment posted on 20/03/2012 at 20:29.
  6. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    that’s a damn shame.

    they didn’t produce the best game in the world, but it was decent enough, and i’ve had fun playing it.
    and they seemed like they put a lot of effort into improving the game after release, rather than just putting it out and then abandoning it.

    i wish them all the best, hopefully they can land on their feet.

    Comment posted on 20/03/2012 at 21:10.
  7. aerobes
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Sad news obviously. I’ll confess to not liking their game but you always feel for the employees in this situation.

    Comment posted on 21/03/2012 at 06:00.

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