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Borderlands: Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

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2K makes some cool games. Borderlands, Civilization, and yes, even Evolve when it’s as rad as it should be. But it can be hard to be creative when your studios are spread around the world; 2K is continuing the unfortunate trend of shutting down studios in far-flung places, closing down 2K Australia; the country’s last big AAA studio.

Reported by Kotaku and confirmed by official sources, 2K Australia is closing its doors. The entire Canberra studio is closing, and all staff members will lose their jobs. The last major AAA studio in Australia will be gone, because apparently operating costs were simply too high. The statement from 2K? Here it is in copy-pasted glory:

We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process for 2K Australia in order to better manage ongoing development costs while improving the working proximity of our creative teams. We are very grateful for the team’s valuable contributions to numerous 2K projects, and are working with affected staff to explore reassignment opportunities where possible.

I get it. Making games is expensive, and doing so with people around the world even more so. The diversity that international teams offer is great, but getting everyone to communicate and sometimes be in the same location can be a headache. I’m sure games benefit from having people from various backgrounds working on them, but those people also need to be able to chat, bounce ideas off each other, and collaborate seamlessly. That doesn’t always happen as well as we might hope.

I’m always sad when people lose their jobs. It’s never good news when studios close their doors, even if it’s under the auspices of consolidating. Here’s hoping that the team finds new work and lands on their feet. Even if they are Australian.

Last Updated: April 16, 2015


  1. Pariah

    April 16, 2015 at 10:33

    They can always go make goat simulator 2. Um. I mean. Sad. Poor guys.


  2. Greylingad

    April 16, 2015 at 10:38

    Sad news indeed, here’s to hoping that 2k will find a spot for each and every one of them, hopefully soon too!


  3. Pariah

    April 16, 2015 at 10:38

    Is it safe to say their jobs just got butt stomped? 😛


  4. Admiral Chief asked for this

    April 16, 2015 at 10:41

    So the company down went under


  5. Blood Emperor Trevor

    April 16, 2015 at 10:41

    Did they also mention that future DLC will be handled by High Voltage?


  6. Hammersteyn

    April 16, 2015 at 10:42

    So no Evolve 2?


    • Admiral Chief asked for this

      April 16, 2015 at 10:47

      Dead things cannot evolve


      • Hammersteyn

        April 16, 2015 at 10:48



        • Admiral Chief asked for this

          April 16, 2015 at 10:50

          Ain’t dat a bewdy


  7. RinceThis

    April 16, 2015 at 11:00

    That sucks man. Never cool to lose a job.


  8. Deceased

    April 16, 2015 at 15:01

    This is sad news …
    The Pre-Sequel wasn’t on the same level as BL2 – but then again, BL2 came out quite a whiles before TPS …
    I actually believe TPS was epic in the sense that it achieved what it set out to be …

    Man I hope those devs get jobs soon, mayhaps with the main 2K force – the reasoning for this is that I think they did a great job on TPS…

    ( also … GAWD DAMNIT LazyGamer, stop with the onion articles :O )


    • Deceased

      April 16, 2015 at 15:02

      I’m just kidding Lagz, I know you’re just keeping us up to date with the latest news …


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