Two Tribes Walking Away from Game Development

Although their final game hasn’t yet been released—RIVE, a game we’ve taken a look at a few times at PAX events and which appears incredibly promising—Two Tribes has confirmed that it will be their last game as a development company.

RIVE is heading to the Wii U and other platforms in September, after which founders Martijn Reuvers and Collin van Ginkel will be stepped away from game creation.

The decision was announced via email and on their blog, explaining their difficult decision—which more or less comes down to the quickly shifting nature of the industry and a feeling of being left behind as the world moves on:

“Dinosaurs

As said, we’ve been working in the games industry since early 2000, making us dinosaurs, old farts, grandfathers or whatever you want to call us. This is great, because we’ve got a lot experience, but it also means that we act like a typical grandfather: slow and totally unaware of what is hot and what is not. Don’t get us wrong: we absolutely love making games, and we strongly feel that we’re good at making them. However, ask us anything about new industry developments, and often a big question mark will appear above our heads.

For example, we are used to working with our own proprietary engine. It’s technology that works great for us, but is by no means competitive with tools like Unity or the Unreal Engine. And then there are monetization strategies like free-to-play. We only know, and feel comfortable working with, the traditional model of full-priced games. The same goes for marketing: we know how to make a decent trailer and send out a press release… but have no clue how to get traction on YouTube and Twitch.

Wrapping up

Long story short (grandfathers like to digress!): when running a company, you need to be on top of your game, not just in terms of the product you’re making, but business-wise too. And we just aren’t on top of the games business anymore. Therefore, it makes sense to focus our attention elsewhere, perhaps even outside the games industry. We simply don’t know yet; but we do know that RIVE is going to be our parting gift to you and we’re making damn sure it’s going to be an awesome one!

It’s a shame to see a company with such loved games (Toki Tori, Toki Tori 2+) come to an end, but certainly it wasn’t a decision that came lightly. We wish these talented fellows all the best as they move forward.

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