Independent game development studio Airtight Games has confirmed reports of its closure.
Thanks to all of the fans, family, friends and colleagues who supported us and made the last 10 years possible.— Airtight Games (@AirtightGames) July 2, 2014
It is unclear how many staff were employed by Airtight but, according to one affected employee, the studio had been in financial trouble since at least January. Lee Scheinbeim, who served as lighting artist on Murdered, said on Twitter:
News of Airtight Games closing broke today but layoffs started as far back as January and many of us are still looking— Lee Scheinbeim (@Arrqh) July 2, 2014
On Tuesday, Geekwire posted a picture of Airtight's former office space showing a sign outside the building confirming it was "closing doors". The site reported that a small collection of Airtight's E3 awards sat on an empty desk surrounded by unused workstations, while office equipment was being advertised for sale at heavy discounts.
Airtight confirmed in April that 14 staff had been laid off as part of what president Jim Deal labelled "necessary restructuring".
He added: "This restructuring is part of the normal ebb and flow of game production. Existing projects are on schedule and Airtight Games is actively seeking partners for exciting upcoming projects."