Tango Gameworks Already Had 2 Games In Development Before Closure

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We Will Never Get To See Hi-Fi Rush 2 Now!

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  • Tango Gameworks was recently shut down as part of Microsoft’s restructuring.
  • While the studio was assumed to have no new projects in development, a developer’s portfolio states otherwise.
  • According to the developer’s profile, this team was already working on two brand-new games.

Not too long ago, Microsoft announced the closure of some of its studios, including Tango Gameworks. This studio has previously released great titles like Hi-Fi Rush and The Evil Within.

Soon after the closure, fans expressed disappointment over Microsoft’s treatment of this studio. Unfortunately, new reports suggest Tango Gameworks was already working on two major games when the studio was shut down.

Why it matters: Hi-Fi Rush was the highest-rated Xbox title last year despite a massive release like Starfield. Therefore, the studio didn’t deserve to be treated like this. Tango Gameworks

The Developer Has Previously Worked On Ghostwire: Tokyo ( Source: LinkedIn )As seen above, one of the developers who worked as a programmer at Tango Gameworks recently updated his LinkedIn profile after the studio closed.

The developer has suggested that the studio was working on two new unannounced titles between 2023 and 2024. If we had to guess, one of these projects could have been a sequel to Hi-Fi Rush since Xbox was keen on supporting the franchise in 2023.

Moreover, reports confirm that ZeniMax Asia’s office will also be closed in July. This seems to be yet another aftershock of Microsoft’s recent restructuring program across the entire gaming division.

Ghostwire: Tokyo Tango Gameworks
Ghostwire: Tokyo Was Another Succesful Release From The Developers

Interestingly, it was speculated that Tango Gameworks was shut down because the studio did not have any new projects on its hands between 2023 and 2024.

The developer’s LinkedIn profile adds a new element to this situation, suggesting that Xbox had other reasons for the closure. Whatever the case may be, it’s a real shame that we won’t get to see more unique projects like Hi-Fi Rush from this team.

This has been a huge blow to the industry, with everyone agreeing that great games are no longer enough to protect studios from layoffs and closures.

Like Tango Gameworks, Arkane Austin had been hiring for a new project before the studio was abandoned. Both teams continued to support their old games while preparing for brand-new releases.

However, Xbox’s restructuring and the gaming industry’s current state have meant that their plans will never be fulfilled.

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