V1 Interactive, a studio headed by veterans of the Halo franchise, has announced today that the developer is closing after only a few years. The announcement came from the official Twitter account, which thanked its fans and employees and did not delve into details for the hows and whys.
We are sad to inform you that V1 Interactive is officially closing.
We want to thank all the talented people at V1, both past and present, who helped make the last 5 years wonderful.
And a heartfelt thanks to the amazing community that supported us. pic.twitter.com/XX6Sxtc32o
— V1 Interactive (@V1Interactive) March 8, 2021
The studio revealed Disintegration at 2019’s Opening Night Live show for Gamescom, touting the Halo lineage of Marcus Lehto, who was the series co-creator and former creative director at Bungie. The game released to middling reviews and an announcement that they were shutting down multiplayer servers just three months after launch.
In August of last year, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick referred to Disintegration’s sales as “a bit disappointing.” He appeared to be underselling it.
According to Lehto, the studio had around 30 people working at it last year, but stressed today that the news of its closure did not come as a surprise to the employees.