And there’s currently no chance of re-invigoration.
Ex-Media Molecule employees (the studio well-known for creating the LittleBigPlanet series) had been working on a PlayStation Vita project funded by Sony. Under the new title ‘Ambient Studios’, which was formed in late 2011 and is headed by Jonny Hopper (lead coder on the user-creation mode which characterizes the LBP games) and Daniel Leaver (ex-Senior Designer at Media Molecule).
The unpublished game, on which there is currently no information available, was canned after almost a year of development:
“We’d been working on the [Vita] game for about a year,” Hopper revealed. “Eventually it came to a mismatch of expectations of what we wanted to deliver and what we could deliver and what they wanted. So near the end of last year they pulled the funding plug unfortunately.
“We were really gutted. It was a bit of a shocker. But these things happen. That’s game development. Games get canned all the time.
“We could pick it up in the future. We don’t really want to right now. Financially it wouldn’t work for us.”
Ambient Studios is currently working on the PC and Mac game ‘Death-Inc’, a “strategy game mixed with Katamari and a dash of the Pied Piper”. The game will be funded via Kickstarter crowdfunding, and Ambient Studios is aiming at collecting £300,000 in order to deliver the game this September. They are also currently working on an iPad game using their own funds, which will be announced officially in March.