V1 Interactive, Studio Founded By Halo Co-Creator, Announces Closure

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V1 Interactive has announced it is closing. The studio was founded by Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto and SOCOM co-creator Michael Gutmann in 2016. In June 2020, the team released its first project, Disintegration. While the game showed promise in early previews, the finished project was not received as well as the team likely hoped, and the developer closed down the multiplayer servers mere months following release.

The news today comes via the studio’s Twitter account. “We are sad to inform you that V1 Interactive is officially closing,” the tweet said. “We want to thank all the talented people at V1, both past and present, who helped make the last 5 years wonderful. And a heartfelt thanks to the amazing community that supported us.”

In a follow-up tweet from Lehto (the company’s president and Disintegration’s game director), he gave an update on the situation the employees face following this announcement. “At V1, our priority has been to the wellbeing of our employees,” Lehto said in the tweet. “We’ve been transparent with them about the state of things for months and are making this decision now so they still have ample time to search for new jobs while being supported by our studio.”

Studio closures are always sad to see, particularly when one had as much promise as V1 Interactive, but it’s good to know that the leadership team has been open with its employees about the state of the studio in order to give them as much time as possible to find new roles while still receiving paychecks from V1. Our thoughts and well-wishes go out to all of the employees of V1 Interactive during this difficult time. For more on Disintegration, the studio’s sole release, check out our review.

[Source: V1 Interactive on Twitter, Marcus Lehto on Twitter]

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