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Fantasy Flight Interactive shutting down

Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game studio head Tim Gerritsen announces imminent closure of board game company's gaming adaptation studio

Fantasy Flight Interactive has been grounded roughly two-and-a-half years after its formation. Studio head Tim Gerritsen announced the news in a LinkedIn post this week.

"It's with great sadness that I have to report that the decision has been made to close Fantasy Flight Interactive next month," Gerritsen wrote. "I'm proud of the team and the game we've dedicated ourselves to for the past few years. It's a been an amazing journey with even more amazing people."

Gerritsen added that he is gathering resumes from the team in an effort to help them find new jobs.

Fantasy Flight Interactive was established by Asmodee in 2017 to produce video game adaptations of the range of products from Asmodee tabletop gaming subsidiary Fantasy Flight Games. The studio's first project, The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game, launched on PC last August with console ports following in November. A "Definitive Edition" of the PC version arrived in December, with console versions expected early this year.

Update, Jan. 8: An Asmodee Digital representative responded to our request for comment, saying, "We regret FFI's closure which will be occurring next month and would like to thank the whole team for their hard work and the fruitful collaboration we have enjoyed these last years. The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game - Definitive Edition has been released in December on PC (Steam) and will be released early 2020 on consoles (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One). We will continue to support the game's servers, including its co-op multiplayer mode, beyond FFI's closure, ensuring an optimal experience for players venturing across Middle-earth."

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