Airtight Games closes, just weeks after debut of new game

airtightAirtight Games has quietly closed its Redmond headquarters, bringing an apparent end to its 10-year run as an independent video-game development shop less than a month after the debut of its newest title for PCs and consoles.

Murdered_Soul_Suspect_Artwork_LogoCompany executives haven’t yet responded to requests for comment about the closure, but Airtight’s former office space in Redmond has been shuttered, and its office equipment was being sold off at heavy discounts when GeekWire visited this morning, with a sign outside saying the company is closing its doors.

A small collection of Airtight’s past awards from the E3 video game convention sat on an empty desk, amid a sea of unused monitors and computer equipment.

The company, known for past games including Dark Void and Quantum Conundrum, released the game Murdered: Soul Suspect for Windows PCs, Xbox and Playstation in early June, in partnership with game publisher Square Enix.

photo (15)Airtight laid off 14 employees earlier this year, and its former creative director Kim Swift later joined Amazon Game Studios.

Airtight executive Jim Deal told IGN at the time of the layoffs in April that the move was part of a “necessary restructuring.” He added at the time, “This restructuring is part of the normal ebb and flow of game production. Existing projects are on schedule and Airtight Games is actively seeking partners for exciting upcoming projects.”

Airtight’s website remains online with no mention of the closure. We’ll update this post as we learn more.

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  • Figgisfiddis

    It might be worth pointing out that the website hasn’t been updated for quite a while, seeing how Murdered is still marked as “COming Soon” in the Games section, so it’s likey we’ll nver hear any online updates son the matter until the site just goes offline.

  • Zeddd

    So, this whole article is just base on the fact, that they left their workplace?

    What if they just are… you know… changing office?

    • Paulo Wirth

      It is written “company closing doors”…

    • Sand Ripper

      Then why are they selling all their office equipment and computers?

    • http://geekwire.com Todd Bishop

      Hi Zeddd — I was able to double-check the fact that the company closed (and didn’t simply move) by talking with the people on site selling the furniture. We’ve been leaving messages with Airtight’s execs for several days, asking about the closure, without any response.

  • Ben Dover Kuntz

    sad to see them go, the Murdered: Soul Suspect for ps3 was an fantastic game… if they only had dropped the xbox and pc version. then they could still have enough money to keep the business going. but taking on to much task at once just broke the company’s back…

    • CoolingGibbon

      Why, so only PS3 gamers like you would get to play the game while others wouldn’t? As a PC gamer I find that hilarious and sad. And going multiplatform is always more profitable than staying exclusive to a single platform. Had they developed the game for only one platform, they’d have gone under much sooner.

      • Ben Dover Kuntz

        i wouldn’t say 80 million ps3 sold(still selling) and 10million ps4
        sold(still selling) is not a limiting marked, so there is no need for a 200 million marked as you crave. there is simply no point in going muliplatform and taking a loss.

        but they did go multiplatform as you wanted, and now we see what happen. the other platforms that this game was released to
        was a waste of time. there is no hilarious about bad decisions only sadness, now we are one good game developer less.

        the pc are dead as a platform nowdays. exclusivity is the way to
        go. playstation is the leading force and future in gaming…

        • CoolingGibbon

          Haha, you just HAD to sound silly, didn’t you? When I first read your previous comment, I kinda figured you’d be a bumbling Sony fanboy but nevertheless played it straight with you. It’s hard for me to reply in this situation without resorting to expletives when you Sony apologists claim the “PC is dead”, so I guess I’ll just have a good laugh instead. Enjoy your toy console for what it’s worth.

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            oh the peecee guy gonna cry now, you make me laugh, your just pathetic. the pc had a good run but the 90′s & early 2000 times are over. the pc is for nerds that do office work now days. none gaming people have moved to tablets for their web surfing habits, and real gamers dont waste their time with a pc. because everything interesting in the gaming world, is now happening on the playstation. that is the factual truth if you like it or not.

          • CoolingGibbon

            The only thing that makes me cry is your pathetic grammar. Now please go and play with your toy toaster and leave proper games to grown-ups, peasant.

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            oh look there is the pathetic hipster baby, that whine behind his peecee, hahaha!. enjoy your crappy pay2play mmos and 8bit pixel indies. real men game on the best platform, the playstation.

          • CoolingGibbon

            Lol, peasantry is always entertaining.

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            only entertaining here is you pc jerk, everyone is laughing of you here.

          • CoolingGibbon

            Everyone? You mean you and your toaster, peasant?

          • guest

            “real gamers game on the best platform, the playstation.”

            holy shit you sound pathetic… go outside bro

        • tylerhw

          Making the game multiplatform had nothing to do with them taking a loss. It takes little effort to change the controls to fit another system. They were most likely smart enough to use a system that was inherently cross-platform so it would have made more sense to publish as such.

          If this were the case and not the exception, studios around the globe making their games cross-platform would be shutting their doors. This however is not the case and should tell you something about how the market actually works.

          In actuality, they probably didn’t have the userbase necessary to keep their sales up to make a steady profit, most likely due to poor marketing. I had never even heard of the studio till today and I usually dig deep into the independent studio pile to find the interesting niche ones.

          You can’t just call platforms dead willy nilly either. Especially when as a platform using only one digital distributor of games of the many that exist, you have an average of 5 million concurrent users (Steam). Add the other services and you could probably double if not triple that.

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            isn’t it typical… everytime there is this one mad pc guy that desperately trying to lecture people on every forums. that are in the wrong and totally blinded.

            now just let me put this short, the pc is done and it is a relic from the 90′s gaming area. now in 2014 the playstation is where the true innovation is happening. and where the future is.

            when it comes to the pc, tablets have taken over and is the go to platform for ordinary people these days. no one use the pc, if its not for some serious office work or something. its the factual truth. it maybe hard for you to see it but its happening right now infront of your nose as we speak.

            now please pinch your arm and wake up, so we can end this nonsense of yours…..

          • Richard_Romano

            Don’t waste your time. PC gamers are like cult members. They would follow Jim Jones to South America gladly if he promised a PC paradise. That’s how irrational and lame they are.

          • tylerhw

            Not sure if you’d want to agree with someone with such a trollish vulgar name as his but if that’s how you truly feel that’s fine I won’t change it. I am not vying for PC’s to be the master race, I am vying for games to be made on every platform conceivable and toasters.

            It’s easy enough to be civil about something even after someone has casted more than a few stones. I just hope you don’t lump yourself with the ilk that are online trolls like the OP.

            And just to be clear for the sake of this conversation, my argument was purely that PC’s are not a dead market. Have a good one nonetheless.

          • CoolingGibbon

            Factual truth? Did you hear this factual truth from your toaster? Are you even aware of something called Steam?

      • Richard_Romano

        Why are PC gamers such condescending jerks? I hope you enjoy your overpriced junkbox that you use for playing games.

        • Ben Dover Kuntz

          yeah the pc jerks pops out of the woodwork as fast there is a chance to down talk others.

          • Richard_Romano

            They are cultish. It’s pathologically weird how sensitive they are.

        • CoolingGibbon

          Why are we condescending jerks? Because ignorant fanboys who claim that “real gamers game on the best platform, the playstation” and “pc is dead” deserve that kind of treatment. And obviously I’m proud of my “overpriced junkbox”; it serves me way better than what a cheap piece of plastic like the PlayStation can ever hope to. But then I don’t judge, unless these Sonytards start spewing crap.

    • guest

      Obviously you know nothing about the industry. The incremental cost of supporting two platforms is modest, compared to the potential return. Unless a 1st party is going to pay you for exclusivity, going single platform makes little sense for a studio at the scale of what AirTight used to be.

      For small indie studios of <10 people, it's a different story, there the opportunity cost of additional platforms (and sim-ship) is significant, and it makes more sense to focus one one, and then roll out to other platforms based on performance.

      • Ben Dover Kuntz

        its you that dont know anything and posting as guest just shows your trolling… so im not gonna bother explaining it for you…

        • Erthwjim

          Says the guy with the name Ben Dover Kuntz.

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            im dutch, you have something against dutch people?… there is nothing wrong with my name and i dont hide behind a ‘erthwjim’ nick like you loser.

          • Erthwjim

            Your real name, you’re full of shit. If your parents named you that, that would explain so much of what’s wrong with you. You hide behind a name just like me, so bend over cunt. Actually you keep your activity on disqus private so kettle black and all that.

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            google my ‘kuntz’ surname then..if you have the intelligent to use google, you pathetic pc jerk.

          • Erthwjim

            I did, and guess what, no one with your name, if you weren’t hiding, your name would easily bring up a facebook or linkedin account, so stop lying. The surname exists sure, but the full name doesn’t.

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            do you really think i will share my facebook etc with anyone. its for family and close friends not stalkers like you that random attack people on internet discussion…

            go read here and learn…
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuntz

          • Erthwjim

            As I said, the surname is not the issue, it’s the combination of first middle and surname, because no parent in their right mind would name their child Ben Dover with that surname, but then again if they did, that would explain so much of what is wrong with you. With parents like that, I wouldn’t expect someone to end up as anything but a Troll on the internet, because with all the shit you’d be getting in school, the only way to lash out would be on the internet.

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            there is nothing wrong with my name, its legit… and you know it. your pathetic troll attempt just make you look like an even more idiot, LOL..

          • Erthwjim

            Then your parents must have been retarded, I guess the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree bro.

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            so you ninja edited your post now to make yourself look smarter, your pathetic, LOL..

          • Erthwjim

            Do you notice how it shows when I edited the post? minutes before you posted yours. So it wasn’t a ninja edit, sure originally I posted it without saying that, but I edited it before you added your reply. Also, that doesn’t address the Ben Dover part, but you know you lost that part.

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            you lost long time ago mister, so your wasting your time trying to talk your way out of this one… you are the biggest loser i have met on the internet. i guess your 30 something loser still living in your parents basement and are a virgin, LOL…

          • Erthwjim

            That’s your best comeback, the virgin geek basement thing? Couldn’t even come up with something a little less cliche and then liking your own post? I guess I lost, perhaps I should have liked my own posts and come up with the virgin basement insult first, then you would have seen how awesome I am on the internet.

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            oh look the basement virgin is butthurt and trying to act intelligent about it, LOL…

          • ps3m4str3_1447

            go suck your dads dick you fedora piece of shit

          • Icydead

            I wonder how it is possible for me to browse your pathetic facebook profile, when its so private. Oh wait, you cannot do that on playstation. Next thing, can you mod the shit out of the games on playstation? Oh wait, no. Can you play movies with hardware acceleration in 60fps by using motion compensation? Oh wait, you cannot. Can you create movies from games? Oh wait, you cannot. Can you stream? Yea you can, but not on professional level with that wannabe playstation streaming service. Can you play 2 games at once? Oh wait, you cannot. Can you play your game with 8x SGSSAA, 16AF, SSAO and SweetFX? Oh wait, you can only dream. Only thing playstation has is bunch of exclusives and that is all. It is machine for ignorants who are happy with so few.

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            ok here is my answers to you, nerd….

            1.why the hell do i want to surf the facebook crap on my gaming console???… i bought it to game on & not to chat to grandma.

            2. also why the hell do i want to mod the shit out of the game??… i bought the game to play it, and not to use my time to modify it. that job is for the game creator….

            3. if your talking about youtube it will support 60fps on the ps4 when it arrive… other than that my blu-ray player do just fine for movies as is…

            4. making movies of games???… why??.. i dont see the point in using more of your time, making movies of the game than playing it.

            5. play two games at once?? you know when i play a game, play to enjoy it. not multitask different games to finish them fastest…

            6. 8x SGSSAA, 16AF, SSAO and SweetFX??? who the hell cares… the games run just fine on my playstation.

            anymore???

          • Icydead

            1. You obviously do not know what I am talking about.

            2&5. There you go, you basicaly answered yourself. You want to sit down, push the “turn on” button and play the graphically dumbed down game with fake distance blur to cover up lack in performance, and have fun. That basicaly means you are just average commercial consumer of 21st century. But for us, that is unfortunately not enough. We want to mod games, that is why creators provide us with tools needed to do that. That way game lives longer with fan generated content from graphics to stories. It is endless fun to try new mods. If you do not want to do that and want to play the game in 720p with jaggies and inability to change that, be my guest then. This way of course you do not care about sgssaa,af,ssao and sweetfx which makes
            every game absolutely stunning. But you would understand that if you saw it. With console, you cannot even do that, so of course you do not care.

            3. No I am not talking about youtube of course. I am talking about movies which are filmed of course in 24fps and how to watch them in 60fps with custom shaders through media player classic with madvr renderer. You obviously did not see what it does and how jaw drapping that is, so there we go again – you do not care of course. But you would care if you could do that.

            4. Some of us make movies from online games to remember some of the greatest moments forever. That is actually quite priceless when you play 5 years with group of ppl and you make dvd out of acomplishments in the game which you then personaly give to every member at the meeting.

            5. I am not talking about single player game. But anyway, that possibility of multitasking is of course very good. You cannot do anything I just wrote with the console. I know that you do not want to, but the main thing is that you cannot do that with console.

            So please stop talking about computers like it was thing of the past and is dead. Or you want to tell me that it is actually good thing that modern console from 2014 cannot do one thing that that “thing from the past” can ? I think not. I understand that you are just a dumb consumer who do not want to worry about anything, do not want to set up anything and want to just push the button and play (that is nice, but I can do that on pc too), but the thing is that if you saw one thing I just wrote about, or tried it, you would want to have that. But now, you cannot.

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            OMG!… a wall of text, sorry but i have no interest in reading your book of bs. now go back to your parents basement and cry you butthurt virgin nerd!

          • Icydead

            yea all pc gamers are butthurt virgin nerds :D So this, ladies and gentleman, is typical console fanboy (dutch shit) who desperatly denies that his shitty console could actually be really useless and good only for idiots who want to sit down and push the button without any knowledge. Calling everyone nerd and meanwhile playing with his penis controller on his sofa.

    • Draelmar

      Dude, it’s a LOT cheaper (and more profitable) to port an existing game to a different console of the same generation than to create a brand new game from scratch.

    • zpoccc

      wow, so insightful. you must be a highly sought after industry adviser. either that, or a 12 year old on the internet transparently pretending to know more about the industry than they really do.

      • Ben Dover Kuntz

        you make me laugh, your just pathetic. now go leave the internet to the grown-ups, kiddo..

        • zpoccc

          you can tell someone is real mental midget when the best they can do is regurgitate insults back instead of even mustering an original one.

          me: “you’re a 12 year old.”

          you: “no… YOU’RE a kid…!”

          wow. good one, buddy. you sure zinged me, there.

          also, btw – that should be “YOU’RE pathetic.” it’s a contraction of “you are.” maybe when you get to middle school you’ll learn about it.

        • zpoccc

          nice job fixing that spelling error i told you about, buddy! you’re good at quietly being dominated, i’ll give you that.

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            nice try troll, lol… what a pathetic little loser you are, did you got dropped on the head, when you was a baby or something. i didn’t fix any spelling error and you know it. by the way its me dominating you, since you cant quit replying to me,lol…

          • zpoccc

            did i tell you to speak? unless i’m explicitly correcting an idiotic mistake of yours that requires you to do so, i expect silence. you did so good before, quietly fixing that spelling error like i told you to, but now you’ve disappointed me.

            …and i have no idea why you’re calling me a “pc jerk” but i will admit that at least you’re not parroting back an insult i made at you. but, sorry – i own a ps4.

          • fuck_you

            fucking pathetic cunt

  • Sage

    good riddance. they made bad games.

    • Richard_Romano

      True, but MS was going in a promising direction.

    • Ben Dover Kuntz

      Murdered: Soul Suspect wasnt a bad game at all, its just a very different than anything else out there… as of now its an over looked gem, if you ask me.

      • Boip

        hey nice to meet you Playstation Fanboy, I was review this conversation and decide to tell you something about gaming activity. I just want to tell you that using Playstation to play games was a very very Fool, because as we know together, PC like dynamic machine which can be upgrade easily anytime, anywhere :P

        • Ben Dover Kuntz

          stick to your peecee then pc jerk… we dont want you on the playstation anyway…

          • Spaffy

            What a fucknut you are. Shouldn’t you have asked your mommy’s permission to use her pc before you started typing this fanboy crap? Fucking asshole

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            do have you problems expressing yourself without swearing? or are you just born stupid… by the way if you want to know i use a tablet.

          • Spaffy

            Why do you like your own posts? Because no one else does?
            And born stupid? That’s all you got?

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            oh look at that internet though guy.. what a loser, LOL!

          • Spaffy

            What are you saying?
            Look, this is the internet. That means you have some time before you have to post a reply. Make use of it, otherwise you end up with stupid comments like the one you just posted. And again with the liking your own post? Talk about being a loser.

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            are you going to cry now?… here is a tip for you cry baby, if you dont want to get your feelings hurt. unplug the internet while your living in your parents basement as a 30 year old virgin, and eating your mcdonald burgers, nerd.

          • Spaffy

            Again, a post that has nothing to do with the context of my post. What are you, 12? Just copy and paste some random troll post you probably got dissed with by another 12yr old on reddit. Nice.

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            oh so angry, i see your trying really hard to not post swear words of a 12 years old now. try loosen up your gangsta cap rubber band. you look a bit pale there dudebro, let the blood to your head… maybe you get more intelligent, LOL!…

          • Spaffy

            Dude. Some more shit that makes no sense.
            Talk about intelligence. Or the lack thereof…
            “get more intelligent”
            Some advise for you, don’t breed.
            Now fuck off. Your mommy and I got some things to take care off.

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            yeah better take care of that crying and butthurt feelings with mommy’s cookies cry baby. as i said before stick to your peecee. we dont want you on the playstation, pc jerk!

          • Picklock

            Ben, you are an idiot, the fact that you need to vote yourself up on every comment only shows how shallow and insecure you are, go cry into your pillow.

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            wow!.. another pc jerk.. this looks like its becoming the high-school loser nerds reunion, LOL!

          • Boip

            OMG Ben, you was really make me laugh now. Seems you just get your dirty old playstation from the road because someone was throw it away, and you just take it and bring to your home HAHAHAH it cleary show HOW POOR YOU ARE. LOL! haha, Got it playstation ‘StupidFanboy’!!!

          • Ben Dover Kuntz

            this is the worst trolling attempt i have ever seen…. next time dont let your mother translate and type the english words for you, LOL!

          • Boip

            have you tired yet?And also better for you change your photo, cause it seems like human who suffer some DNA MUTATION :P LOL hahahaha

    • http://www.mengsbizarreadventure.com Mengplex

      Bit harsh, quantum conundrum was good… dark void maybe not so much.

  • Guest

    I was wondering when word would finally get out about this. Local game devs have known about this for a couple of weeks. When you consider the review scores of their games, not all that surprising.

    • Picklock

      Interesting how they kept spewing PR BS all the way up until the end. Seems a bit disingenuous if you ask me. I could care less about the people that made the bad decisions, the only people that got hurt in this are the fodder, sad.

      • Guest

        About the game? Well sure, what do you expect? About the company? I haven’t really seen anybody from Airtight talk publicLly for months. What PR are you referring to?

  • Richard_Romano

    Always sad when people lose their jobs. The gaming industry is a tough business. For every successful franchise (COD, GTA, etc.) there are dozens of games that fail. This is why gamers need to support the indie devs a lot more than we do.

  • GodLikeTruths

    a company famous for only making shit games is failing ? how is this news..die out already

  • Picklock

    They shut down because they had a saboteur in their midst that was giving orders and making bad decisions every step of the way. Ever heard of Yosuke Shiokawa? He’s shut down other studios as well, so I’ve heard, I think it’s Square’s way of killing the competition.

    • Guest

      Now that’s not entirely fair. Whatever you think of Yosuke or airtight, they’d been working together for years (and, yah, from all indications it sucked from almost the beginning), you can blame him for the game, the company going under, not so much.

  • Bankruptguy

    Hey Todd, do you have their phone number?

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