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Lucky Frame ends game development

"I would like to stress that this is not a tragedy"

The UK indie studio Lucky Frame has made the decision to end all game development, with CTO Jonathan Brodsky and lead artist Sean McIlroy moving on to new projects.

"Lucky Frame is no longer working on any games, and won't be releasing anything in the foreseeable future," said founder Yann Seznec in a blog post.

"For three years we outsold the average game releases on the market, which was enough to sustain us and allow us to make the games we wanted to make. Some of those games sold well (Bad Hotel is owned by around 100,000 people) some of them sold very little (Nightmare Cooperative has sold around 7,000 copies across all platforms)."

Seznec also revealed that he struggled to find a balance between the commitments of game development and his own work.

"Our last commercial release, The Nightmare Cooperative, is almost certainly our best game, albeit our lowest-selling. Certainly, the fact that it did not sell well was a major factor in this change. We could probably have scraped by and figured out a way to make another game, but the time was right to move on. It had become increasingly clear to me personally that I did not have the burning desire to sell games."

The Edinburgh studio was founded in 2008 and as well as The Nightmare Cooperative created Gentlemen! and Bad Hotel.

"I would like to stress that this is not a tragedy, or even a failure. Though we did not make a lot of money, we definitely did what we set out to do. Lucky Frame absolutely fulfilled my vision of success, in fact in many ways it surpassed it beyond my wildest dreams."

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