Troika gets 'official' stake through the heart

Vampire studio confirms shut-down rumour but hints of a return from the grave

Considering how entertaining Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines was, it is with sad regret that the recent rumours concerning the fate of RPG developer Troika Games appear to be true after all.

Last week, we reported how Fallout fansite No Mutants Allowed had been tipped-off in the closure of the Californian studio. Although there had been no official word from Troika, the fansite has since posted a statement which it claims was received from the company's joint CEO and art director Leonard Boyarsky.

It read: "As many of you may have already heard, Troika has laid off all of its employees and is closing its doors due to our inability to secure funding for future projects. We have not yet made the decision as to whether Troika Games as an entity will regroup and pursue future projects or simply cease to exist.

"We want to thank all of our fans for their support these past seven years, it has really meant a lot to us that there were people out there who enjoyed our games enough to create fan-sites and follow our progress as a company.

"But we especially want to thank all of our employees - we had the pleasure of working with the some of the most dedicated, hard working, creative people in the industry, and we really appreciate all that they did for Troika."

While the news certainly makes for depressing reading, the fact that Boyarsky says the studio could yet regroup for future projects does at least suggest a small beacon of light at the end of the murky horizon. Let's hope it's not daylight, eh?

In addition to Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, Troika Games has also been responsible for the RPG's Arcanum and Greyhawk: The Temple of Elemental Evil.