PixelOpus, Concrete Genie Creators, Shut Down by PlayStation

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced the closure of its subsidiary, PixelOpus, the acclaimed studio behind the fan-favorite game, Concrete Genie. According to a statement provided to IGN, the studio is set to officially shut down on June 2.

In a heartfelt tweet, PixelOpus expressed gratitude to its supporters, stating that the studio’s journey “has come to an end.”

Sony’s statement to IGN did not clarify the fate of PixelOpus’ team members, saying:

“PlayStation Studios regularly evaluates its portfolio and the status of studio projects to ensure they meet the organization’s short and long-term strategic objectives. As part of a recent review process, it has been decided that PixelOpus will close on June 2”.

Based in San Mateo, PixelOpus was a small yet impactful subsidiary of PlayStation Studios, founded in 2014. The studio initially worked on Entwined before developing Concrete Genie, a game widely praised for its stunning artwork.

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Our review described it as “short and sweet”, highlighting the game’s focus on the joy of the artistic process: “Success in Concrete Genie comes easily – probably too easy for some – but that ease lets its best moments breathe… At heart, it’s an exercise in the pleasure of the artistic process – just like Concrete Genie’s core idea, you never really have to paint, but I absolutely wanted to”.

Reports suggest that PixelOpus was working on an untitled project in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation. However, the future of this project remains uncertain and it is unclear if it will be transferred to another team.

For gaming enthusiasts, the closure of PixelOpus marks the end of an era and a moment of appreciation for the creative work they brought to the gaming world.

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