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Defiant Development, makers of Hand of Fate are closing up and moving on

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Some sad news to share today as Defiant Development, makers of Hand of Fate have announced they are "ceasing Development" and the team are "looking for new roles".

Shared on Facebook and Twitter, the Australian studio is going into what they call "caretaker mode" just to support their existing games with nothing new to come now. In the post, they mentioned how the games market has changed in many ways in the 9 years they've been around, sadly though they've not been able to keep up with all the changes.

They also shared a teaser of what could have been their next title, named "A World In My Attic" and it actually looked really good. Sadly, it will likely never be released:

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Very tough times to be an indie game developer. I've seen a lot of developers worried over the last two years about how they're going to stay in business, with more games being released every year the market is very crowded.

Such a shame, Defiant's Hand of Fate 2 is an excellent game and I've enjoyed a great many hours of it. Defiant moving on is a loss for us, since they supported Linux nicely. If you don't have Hand of Fate 2, you can find it on GOG and Steam.

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Rooster 24 July 2019 at 10:07 am UTC
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That's a real pity, but also very strange. I was under the impression that both Hand of Fate games sold quite well. But it seems not well enough.
Kors 24 July 2019 at 11:24 am UTC
Very sad news, indeed.
HoF2 is a very cool game that outstands easily above the majority of games, actually.
I agree that the market is someway very crowded nowadays.
Cheeseness 24 July 2019 at 11:49 am UTC
Of all the studios I've worked with, they were the one I was most proud of. Their ideals and energy were an inspiration and I will be eternally thankful for the opportunities and friendships I found there.

Today's been enormously hard. For the second time this year, I feel like I've lost a family.
TheSHEEEP 24 July 2019 at 12:10 pm UTC
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The unfortunate and natural result of an overcrowded market. Hope everyone had a plan B or at least a buffer, because indie game development without a plan B for when (I did not put an "if" here on purpose) it fails seems rather short sighted nowadways.


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theghost 24 July 2019 at 12:13 pm UTC
I only bought Hand of Fate 1 and it was too repetitive for me.
So the choice of not getting HoF2 was an easy one for me.
I am not so sure if the current game market is bad from a consumer's perpective.
We have more Indie games than ever and they often cost much less than an AAA title.
SirBubbles 24 July 2019 at 12:26 pm UTC
I am personally very sad to see this happen. I've liked what I've seen from this studio from the start. That and them being located very close to me physically makes this pretty bitter. I do wish all the staff the best. If I recall correctly they've been heavy hitters in the industry for decades since before this studio, with Total War games and stuff like that.
garpu 24 July 2019 at 3:39 pm UTC
Damn. Was waiting for a good sale on Hand of Fate 2. :/ I really liked Hand of Fate 1.


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Purple Library Guy 24 July 2019 at 4:42 pm UTC
I guess we'll reach an equilibrium at some point. But loads of optimistic talented people having their dreams crushed seems a harsh way to get there.
Purple Library Guy 24 July 2019 at 4:43 pm UTC
CheesenessOf all the studios I've worked with, they were the one I was most proud of. Their ideals and energy were an inspiration and I will be eternally thankful for the opportunities and friendships I found there.

Today's been enormously hard. For the second time this year, I feel like I've lost a family.
On the bright side, they're all still alive, right? So you haven't actually lost lost them.
techieg33k 24 July 2019 at 7:04 pm UTC
Serious bummed. HoF was one of the first games I played when I switched my desktop to Linux a few years ago. Haven't finished it yet, but HoF2 was also on my list to get.

That game looked like it could have been great.

Good luck to them all!
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