Galacide developer Puny Human concludes, citing unpaid publishing contract fees

After a 16-year run, developer Puny Human announced that it is closing its doors.

According to a press release, the studio will eliminate all full-time positions and liquidate its assets by the end of the year. It also plans to sell certain properties and release the source code for some of its previous projects before closure.

CEO Mike Sanders attributed Puny Human’s closure to an unnamed customer who he said “refused to make previously agreed payments.” As a result, we lacked the cash flow to fully promote our current title and experienced a gradual loss in our operating income. I take full responsibility because I did not adequately prepare for this outcome.”

Puny Human’s significant achievement

Puny Human was founded in 2007 from the popular modder group Team Dystopia. Over the years, titles have been released like Galacid And Blade symphony. There are also co-developed titles like Squanch Games’ Trover saves the universe and Striking Distance Studios’ The Callisto Protocol.

“[Going] “Going from a full-time team of 20 hard-working employees to zero in 2023 is heartbreaking and difficult to betray to our communities, advocates and friends,” Sanders added. “We have developed three fantastic and groundbreaking original titles and contributed to over thirty fantastic video games and software projects over the last eight years.

The end of Puny Human marks the first studio to close in October and continues a series of developer layoffs across the games industry since the summer.

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