The Last Title
The Brisbane, Queensland-based studio which is known for the Hand of Fate series, Defiant Development, has stated on Facebook that it is “ceasing development” of new titles and shifting to “caretaker mode to support our existing products.”
Founded in 2010, the studio gained recognition thanks to its Hand of Fate series. The games blended deck-building and live-action third-person combat. We can remember that the 2017 sequel in particular was well-received.
With the announcement, they took the opportunity to thank the staff who supported the team at all times over the last 9 years. Both fans and employees received recognition. “Thank you so much for sharing your work and yourselves. Studios rise, and studios fall, but people are always more important”, the studio wrote.
A Sad Day for The Industry
Many fans have shown their sadness over the news, but it seems that there is one person who is taking it harder than anyone else. Morgan Jaffit, founder of Defiant and one of the longest standing representatives for the video game industry in Australia, has shown sadness over the whole affair. He took his emotions to Twitter and wrote that he was “exceptionally sad.”
On What Could Have Been
As a nice gesture and a way of honoring their efforts, Defiant posted a short trailer on YouTube. The clip shows what would have been their next project: A World In My Attic. A digitized board game featuring hexes, the video gave a glimpse of some features that look like the procedurally generated encounter system first used in Hand of Fate.