Defiant Development founder Morgan Jafitt posted on Facebook today that the studio started in 2010 is closing down. The former staff are now looking for opportunities elsewhere.
Commenting on the reasons for the closure, Jafitt said:
“The Defiant model has always focused on creating games nobody else would. Games that did something new.
That is a risky way to make games, and we knew that. When it succeeds it delivers things you could never have considered possible. When it fails, it leaves you without a safety net.
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.”
Defiant Development are mostly known as the makers of the Hand of Fate series. Lately they have been working on the game tentatively titled The World in My Attic. The project only exists in the form of a YouTube video. Its development will discontinue as the studio will only function “in caretaker mode to support our existing products.”
Defiant Development has been one of Australia’s most prominent indie studios.