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Indie Darling Die Gute Fabrik Is Halting Production After Struggling To Secure Funding

Not ideal.

The Denmark-based indie studio Die Gute Fabrik, developer of the excellent Saltsea Chronicles and Mutazione, has announced via a social media post that it’s completely halted production amid funding woes.

The studio says that the current publishing and investment scene has made it tough to secure funding for its next project without causing an income gap, and so instead it’s made the decision to halt production as of last week and support its current team in finding new work.

While it’ll continue to operate in some capacity to “service” its existing titles, Die Gute Fabrik leadership will also be looking for new work. If funding can be secured in future, it’ll attempt to bring back talent wherever it can.

The full statement can be read below:

“We’re sad to share with you all the news that Die Gute Fabrik is halting production.

“The publishing and investment scene is so tough for companies and projects of our scale right now it’s made it extremely difficult for Die Gute Fabrik to secure funding for our next project without a gap in income.

“We halted production on the 19th Feb, and used our remaining runway to give the current team a month of paid time to catch their breaths. We will still try and seek funding to resume production, but wanted to announce this publicly in order that the team can share that they’re looking for new roles. We have also provided mentoring and career support in this period. Our leadership team (Nils & Hannah) will also be looking for new positions.

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“Die Gute Fabrik ApS will continue to operate to service our past IPs. Production may resume again under Nils Deneken as CEO should the company find funding in future years, and if so we hope to welcome back our excellent collaborators where possible.

“We’ve been making games since 2008, and are so proud of the work we’ve put out and the people we’ve made it with. Thank you for playing our games.”

I gave Die Gute Fabrik’s most recent releases, Saltsea Chronicles, a 9/10 in my review, saying “Saltsea Chronicles is unequivocal proof that Die Gute Fabrik is an unstoppable force in the industry. A team blazing brand new trails, wholly their own, with stories that are radical and thoughtful in equal measure and told in unexplored ways that only video games could deliver.”