The Chinese Room, developer of popular “walking sim” games like Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is “going dark” for the immediate future, a blog post has revealed.
Posted yesterday by the studio’s Dan Pinchbeck on the developer’s site, it was revealed that the studio has suffered “lay-offs” of its staff and that the developer will be taking a break from development for a while.
Citing a non-life-threatening health scare back in June as one of the factors that contributed to the decision, Pinchbeck did note that “financial pressures” also played a part in making the decision.
Though this is certainly sad news for fans of The Chinese Room’s work, the blog post does end on a somewhat promising note for the future. Though the future remains unclear for the developer, Pinchbeck himself doesn’t feel like it’ll be closing its doors for good. “Is it the end of The Chinese Room? No, I don’t think so. 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.”
The Chinese Room recently released a Google Daydream project titled So Let Us Melt. It’s a game about friendship, gardening, and singing and is inspired by 70s sci-fi movies.