United Front Games, the developer behind the kart racing games ModNation Racers and LIttleBigPlanet Karting, has reportedly been shut down.
The Vancouver-based company has yet to make a public statement, but its producer Jen Timms appears to have confirmed the news via Twitter.
Currently mourning the best job I've ever had, and the most wonderful team I've ever worked with.
— SCAREless Jen (@Scarlettjen) October 18, 2016
Along with ModNation Racers and LittleBigPlanet Karting, United Front Games is best known for Sleeping Dogs, a GTA-style open world action game set in Hong Kong originally released in 2012 on last-gen platforms before being re-released as a Definitive Edition on current-gen platforms in 2014.
A multiplayer spin-off of True Crime known as Triad Wars was planned, but was subsequently cancelled. United Front Games also helped develop Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the Xbox One version of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.
United Front Games' latest MMO gang warfare project Smash+Grab was only released on Steam Early Access last month, but has now been pulled from sale.
Despite Square Enix branding Sleeping Dogs as a commercial failure, the game had developed a cult following so many were hoping for a sequel. Publisher Square Enix still own the rights, so a Sleeping Dogs sequel could still happen, albeit with a different developer at the helm.
ModNation Racers and LittleBigPlanet Karting were both known for their focus on user generated content, allowing you to create and share your own tracks but neither series sold very well. You may also remember ModNation Racers was released around the same time as Split Second and Blur in 2010 – both studios Black Rock Studio and Bizarre Creations were also shut down after poor sales.
Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the studio's closure.