British studio The Chinese Room announced today that they’ll be “going dark” for the next few months. Better known for their introspective adventure games Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and Dear Esther, the studio has also laid off members of staff.
“To cut a long story short, the situation – between financial pressures, trying to keep the lights on for the employed team, the stress of end-of-development, health issues – just wasn’t a tenable thing anymore,” wrote creative director Dan Pinchbeck in a blog post. “It was time to take a break, recharge, recover and have a good think about the future.”
The studio has helped affected employees find new jobs.
As Game Informer notes, the team has two other projects in the works; The 13th Interior, and Little Oprheus. Pinchbeck assures fans that – while the team aren’t in full, active development – both of those titles are still scheduled to release, and that he will continue to interact with community and fans through social media.
“Is it the end of The Chinese Room? No, I don’t think so,” he continued. “But it’s the end of a chapter, and we hope you can all be patient with us whilst we figure out what happens next.”