Choice Provisions closes one development studio0 Comments
Once upon a time, Choice Provisions were known by a different name — Gaijin Games. This is how many folks remember them, as they created titles in the much-loved BIT.TRIP series. After multiple releases, they then began taking stabs at other sorts of games such as Whoa Dave! under the MiniVisions label. Finally, around this time they officially became Choice Provisions and formalized their game publishing arm.
Thus far, Choice Provisions have published a handful of indie releases such as Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria and Shutshimi, with others on the way. Unfortunately, this success does not translate to enough required for a mid-size studio to operate out of two separate development studios. Alex Neuse of Choice Provisions shared the following comment:
"Over the past few years, the game industry has changed so dramatically that a mid-sized studio operating as we have for the past several years, just simply can’t continue in the same way. To evolve as a company, we recently had to make the decision to shut down our San Francisco development studio and refocus our efforts on our headquarters studio in Santa Cruz."
They admit that it simply wasn't sustainable to keep both California studios open, and that this comes with ramifications. Some staff at the San Francisco studio were laid off. This was a tough, but necessary, move by Choice Provisions, and hopefully it yields benefits in the long run.
Moving Forward, Choice Provisions blog