Disney shuts down Propaganda Games

Fans of the latest Tron: Evolution game may have to forgo hope of any follow-up DLC, as Disney has announced that it will be shutting down Propaganda Games, the Vancouver based studio behind its development. The disappointing news comes months after the studio cancelled production on Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada Of The Damned and amidst reports of Disney's new-found appreciation for mobile gaming.

In a statement issued by Propaganda Games, the studio confirmed to Gamustra that Propaganda Games will indeed be leaving the Disney family and that, "the studio has completed all work associated with its most recent project."

Hints of Propaganda's demise have been around since last November when Disney told MCV that it was considering a shift from console development to the burgeoning mobile market. In the interview, Disney Interactive's CEO, Bob Iger explained: “It's our goal not only to be profitable, but obviously to get there by shifting our investment and reducing our investment too. We probably will end up investing less on the console side than we have because of the shift we're seeing in consumption and have a presence, albeit with probably less investment, in terms of game manufacturing on some of the newer platforms.”

Propaganda Games was formed in 2005 by ex-EA Canada staff and a talented pool of developers with previous experience on titles such as Quake, NBA Street, Def Jam and Need for Speed Underground. In 2008, the team released a Turok reboot, followed by the Disney movie-tie in, Tron: Evolution. Its closure will displace roughly 100 staff, to whom we extended our best wishes and hopes that they won't have to spend too much time twiddling their thumbs in Vancouver before getting back into the game.

Jan 20, 2011 

Source: Gamustra

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  • EnragedTortoise1 - January 21, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    B-b-but Armada of the Damned could have been awesome if you gave it a chance...and whaddayagonnado now, port Split/Second onto the Iphone? Oh, wait...
  • Ultima - January 21, 2011 5:09 a.m.

    @GamesRadarEricBratcher whenever I see your avatar I think of Rob Brydon!
  • CH3BURASHKA - January 21, 2011 2:46 a.m.

    Their name reminds me of the Beyond Good And Evil track when you're in the bar. Too bad they won't be reminding me for long. RIP Propaganda - hope all those people get jobs soon.
  • EricBratcher - January 21, 2011 2:24 a.m.

    Gentlemen, I give you the downside of having that corporate parent - they will disown you double-quick and then you're screwed. Sad about this one - I was actually looking forward to the Pirates game, which I played at a pre-E3 event last year, and had been holding out hope that it might resurface now that there was another PotC film on the way. But I suppose that's the "business" end of the games business rearing its head once again.
  • Romination - January 21, 2011 1:35 a.m.

    You know what? I'm going to say that this sucks a whole lot. I was really hoping that Tron Evolution would sell OK and they'd greenlight Armada of the Damned again, but man... that REALLY REALLY SUCKS. Stupid mobile market.
  • dunc12 - January 21, 2011 1:17 a.m.

    and I was planning on playtesting for them...batmanboy is right, all the best to those who worked there!
  • batmanboy11 - January 21, 2011 12:43 a.m.

    Always sucks to see a studio close...

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