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David Jaffe's The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency closes down

Closure follows major round of layoffs due to the Drawn to Death developer's next project being cancelled

The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency is closing down, studio co-founder David Jaffe has confirmed.

The decision to stop trading arrives a month after the company announced that the "vast majority" of its team had been let go due to its next project being cancelled.

David Jaffe, who co-founded Bartlet Jones in 2013 and remains best known for his work on Sony's God of War franchise, confirmed the studio's closure in a Twitter message offering to give away various "props" connected to the games he has worked on.

"Ideally it would go to a charity like Child's Play to auction off, but the time to set up shipping of such odd shaped and heavy items is something we just don't have time to take on," Jaffe added in a subsequent message. Jaffe also said he would be willing to donate it all to another charity, Extra Life, but again emphasised the difficulty of shipping the items.

The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency only shipped one product in its lifetime: Drawn to Death, which launched on PlayStation 4 in April 2017 to a mixed reception from critics. At the time of writing, the game had a Metacritic score of 56 out of 100.

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