Toki Tori dev cut back to two members in 'reboot'

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 08, 2014 7:30am PST

"Turns out we aren't as good at selling games as we thought!" Dutch studio Two Tribes has earnestly stated, boldly declaring "It's time for a radical change!" The developer behind games including Toki Tori and Edge has laid off all but two members--its two co-founders--and is looking at ways to make games which won't send it out of business.

"When Toki Tori 2 ended up taking way longer than expected and not achieving the sales we needed, it basically took the company down with it," Two Tribes explains in a blog post. According to the developer, when it switched from contract work to making its own games, it "still held on to too many ideas and values from the old days," which caused problems.

Two Tribes was never huge, but the post thanks eight former members who stuck it out to the end.

What technically happened is that Two Tribes shut down one of its offspring companies--the one which employed developers and made games--kept open the parent company which owned and published them, and started a new daughter company to make games.

This shiny new company's first game will be a 2D side-scrolling shooter, learning from some of its past mistakes. Working with a "much smaller" team, it'll move away from the studio's former habit of creating new technologies and simply use the existing Toki Tori 2+ engine.

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