post on Facebook by American McGee announces
the closure of Spicy Horse
Studios, with the former id Software designer noting that "it feels like a good
time for a radical shift" since the studio was only currently employing six
people, down from a peak of 85+. He posted the official press release on the
topic, along with personal reflections on the news:
10 years, 10 games,
tons of wonderful memories. The Shanghai studio of Spicy Horse Games is closing
its doors. The company itself will remain intact, and we'll continue to operate
existing games online. At our peak, during development of Alice: Madness
Returns, the studio contained 85+ people. These days we're down to just 6, and
it feels like a good time for a radical shift.
I'm going to turn my focus to indie development and will continue to publish
small titles under the Spicy Horse brand. Much of this work will be done in a
challenging new environment - aboard my sailboat, bobbing around the S.E. Asia
region. This is also where I'll bring to life Pirate Jam - the game jam on a
flotilla of sailboats. I plan to document this new adventure online and in
video. If you want to support these new creations, check out my Patreon page:
The past 12 years in China have been incredible. I owe so much to the people who
helped build Spicy Horse into a happy place to explore and create. To the
hundreds of developers who called Spicy Horse home over the years, Thank You.
And to the fans and supporters who enjoyed our efforts, Thank You.
Now, to the next adventure! I hope you'll all join me along the way :)