Defiant Development – the Australian developers of the Hand of Fate games – have announced that they are ceasing development at the studio and moving to “caretaker mode” to support their existing titles.
This rather sad news comes from an official announcement made by Defiant Development, which you can read in full here.
“The games market has changed in ways both big and small in the 9 years we’ve been in business. We have not been able to change quickly enough to continue with them,” The announcement reads, “To everyone who has supported us on this journey, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
It’s also stated that the studio sought to make “games nobody else would”, before admitting that this is an inherently risky way to do business. While the announcement doesn’t give any exact reasons for this news, these two pieces of information may shed some light on why we’re likely not going to see any games from them in the future.
Well, that last part isn’t technically true, as we have been shown a glimpse of a game that was in development called A World In My Attic. The game has a trailer which can be viewed below, and revolves around a living boardgame that a player could interact with, much like Hand of Fate.
A World In My Attic – which was a working title – was slated for a Q1 release in 2021 but that, of course, won’t be happening anymore.
If you’re in a position to be hiring game developers, the previous staff at Defiant Development are looking for new jobs, so consider them the next time you’re recruiting.
If you’re just an average Joe on the internet, we highly suggest giving the Hand of Fate series a try. Hand of Fate 2 is where you should jump in as it takes everything about the first game and improves on it. It’s available on most platforms and goes for little money nowadays.
Those completely unaware of what the series entails can look forward to a unique blend of card game, roguelike, and Arkham-style third person combat.