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.