As reported on Kotaku earlier, Darkside Games, the developer behind the Phantom Dust reboot, was informed by Microsoft that they would no longer be going forward with the studios vision for the game. Essentially firing roughly 50 developers that were working on the game.
While there is no news about what will be happening with the franchise, Microsoft ensured fans that they still plan to proceed with the reboot. A spokesperson for Microsoft stated “We have great respect for their studio and their work in the industry. While we do not have anything new to share on ‘Phantom Dust’ at this time, we can confirm that development of the title continues. We look forward to sharing more details on the game as we get closer to release.”
While there is no telling what caused the sudden movement, it comes not even a year after the announcement of the game.
From personal experience, many games of recent that have seen their hands across multiple developers seem to not do so well in gamers eyes. Aliens: Colonial Marines as well as Duke Nukem: Forever. Only time will tell what will come of the game and we will keep you up to date with what we know.