Wheelman Dev Midway Newcastle Shuts Down

By Chris Faylor, Jul 14, 2009 10:26am PDT The last-minute revelation of Necessary Force wasn't enough to save developer Midway Newcastle, as the studio failed to find a buyer and has now been officially closed.

Newcastle, responsible for last year's action-driving title Wheelman, was not among the assets Warner Bros. recently picked up from bankrupt parent company Midway. Warner now owns "substantially all of [Midway's] U.S. assets," including the Mortal Kombat, This Is Vegas and Wheelman properties plus studios in Seattle and Chicago.

Roughly 80 people were let go, according to Kotaku, with Midway looking to close TNA series developer Midway San Diego in September if a buyer cannot be found. Other franchises still up for grabs include the TNA license and the rights to Necessary Force.

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