Have you played Sleeping Dogs? If yes, you would know the games studio behind the game – United Front Games – and their upcoming game Smash+Grab. Sadly, the games studio and the new game are both past now as United Front Games has decided to call it quits.
A small post on NeoGaf about the studio’s closure caught everyone’s attention and soon after followed a number of tweets from United Front Games developers that they had been let go. Both of these were picked up by major media houses and they eventually managed to confirm that the studio was indeed closing down and are offering refunds for their latest title Smash+Grab.
United Front Games was founded in 2007 and while their initial title was a PS3-exclusive kart racing game dubbed ModNation Racers, the studio amassed lot of fame for their title Sleeping Dogs. Garnering a huge fan following, the Sleeping Dogs title created waves among the gaming community and shot the studio to its peak after its release.
Post these titles, the games studio created LittleBigPlanet Karting, worked on a few port projects, and the cancelled Triad Wars, before moving onto their latest title Smash+Grab. The game was released on Steam as part of its Early Access program on September 27 and owing to its popularity because of Sleeping Dogs, Smash+Grab quickly found quite a few takers. However, the gaming studio has now announced that all those who bought the game will received refunds no matter how many hours they played.
“A huge thank you to everyone who played and bought Smash + Grab over the last several weeks. We hope everyone had a great time playing”, the game studio revealed on Steam. “As we will not be doing any further development or support, we have asked Valve to make refunds available to any owners who request them, regardless of how many hours played.”