A lot of groups want a slice of the battle royale pie and one such studio that was hoping to cash in on the trend was Automaton Games. The studio was developing Mavericks: Proving Grounds which would have outdone the other games in the genre through sheer player numbers, with the studio aiming to have 400 players face off against each other in a huge map that would have been 12km by 12km. However, that dream is now at an end as Automaton Games has gone into administration.
A statement has been placed on Automaton’s website, and you can read it below.
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. The joint administrators act as agents of the company and act without personal liability. Paul Cooper and Paul Appleton are licensed to act as insolvency practitioners in UK by the ICAEW.
Please be advised that due to insufficient funding, the development of the Mavericks: Proving Grounds game has now ceased. The joint administrators are in the process of licensing the Deceit game so there will be no change in the live operation and provision of this game.
As you can see from the statement efforts are being made to keep the studio’s other game Deceit functioning, but with the issues surrounding the company, it could be tough for there to be a long term solution unless a different studio fancies taking on the license. There had been no release date for the game but it just goes to show how tough the development business can be especially for small teams with large ambitions. This is unlikely to put off other studios from trying to enter the battle royale arena, and they may even take some lessons from this saga.