Sadly Australia has seen the end of high quality video-game production within the country as the last AAA-style studio is closing its doors. 2K Australia has confirmed it will be shutting down operations at it’s studio located in the country’s capital city of Canberra in a move driven by high operating costs.
Reportedly, a move from Canberra to Melbourne was considered at one point to attract new talent and keep the company within Australia but it’s said this caused a lot of the company’s high-level members to leave the team -and may have led to the decision to close the studio.
2K brought us such hit gaming titles as ‘Borderlands: the Pre-Sequel’ and the ‘Bioshock’ series. The studio had this to say to Kotaku about the closure:
“We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process for 2K Australia in order to better manage ongoing development costs while improving the working proximity of our creative teams. We are very grateful for the team’s valuable contributions to numerous 2K projects, and are working with affected staff to explore reassignment opportunities where possible.”