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It's officially game over for Rochard with studio Recoil Games shutting

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Recoil Games appear to have filed for bankruptcy a while ago and sadly a casualty of that is their game Rochard, which has now been removed for sale.

Rochard was an award-winning side-scroller puzzle-platformer, originally released in 2011. It was also part of the early indie game push for Linux, thanks to it being part of the Humble Indie Bundle 6 back in 2012 it was ported to Linux especially for the bundle. Not only that, it was also one of the first commercial Unity games (possibly the actual first) to be built for Linux too, so it holds something of a special place in our history.

Sadly, you can no longer buy it officially.

In a short announcement post on Steam, the developer said this:

Recoil Games has applied for bankruptcy quite a while ago. We've been trying hard to find a new home for the game. Unfortunately there were no offers that would have enabled the bankruptcy estate to close the deal. The bankruptcy estate will soon be closed and the publishing agreement with Steam will be terminated.

This means Rochard can no longer be purchased on Steam. However, the game will remain available in your Steam libraries as is.

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Eike Feb 19, 2021
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Too bad.
I guess I got it from the bundle, and for sure didn't buy the bundle for getting the game.
But I tried it and the movement felt so right that the rest (story :D ) didn't matter to me.
It was and is a little gem.
Ehvis Feb 19, 2021
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Rochard was among the first games I bought after I got a Steam account. Never fully finished it, but it was a good game. Always sad to see devs disappear, but I can't remember anything other than the DLC that followed it. So they either didn't make anything or it wasn't too memorable.
Zappor Feb 19, 2021
Not even Embracer Group? They seem to buy everything these days :-D
Raaben Feb 19, 2021
Ah man, I never heard of this one before and it slipped by me. It looks really neat :(
Eike Feb 19, 2021
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Quoting: GuestI gave the article a like but didn't like the news. One of my first humble games.

I take the "like" for articles more as "if such a thing happens, I appreciate to have an article about it".
scaine Feb 19, 2021
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I loved Rochard and played it to death back in the early HiB days. I'm surprised to see that Recoil Games haven't produced anything since the 2013 DLC follow up though.
kokoko3k Feb 19, 2021
That's bad.
Maybe they can consider opening the source and maybe the assets?
I remember whan i listened to a tune in a Rochard fight and immediately remembered the tune from my child memories, Space Debris, by "Captain", found on Aminet (i think) in Amiga times.

What a blast from the past, Great times.

Last edited by kokoko3k on 19 February 2021 at 5:35 pm UTC
dejaime Feb 19, 2021
I bought the game solely because of the Linux support. I might be going against the current here, but bored out of my mind when I played it, even though I usually like physics puzzle games. I wonder if the developers built other games and what happened between Rochard's release and this sad announcement.
grigi Feb 19, 2021
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That music was extremely familiar, and then I remembered:
scaine Feb 19, 2021
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Quoting: dejaimeI wonder if the developers built other games and what happened between Rochard's release and this sad announcement.

I already looked into this - see my comment (two above yours). They were seeded in 2008 by a VC company, produced Rochard in 2011, did a Ridge Racer port in 2012, produced Rochard DLC in 2013, then went dark. Really sad.
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