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Report: Embracer to officially close TimeSplitters studio

Sources claim internal email shows Free Radical Design is on pace to shut down on December 11

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Original story Tuesday, November 28: Embracer Group is poised to shut down Free Radical Design on December 11.

As reported by VGC, per people familiar with the matter, the decision was confirmed by Plaion VP of worldwide studios and talent Lars Jannsen via company email.

"As we move through the consultation process and face the potential closure of Free Radical Design on December 11, 2023, I want to express my gratitude for your commitment and the remarkable work you've done and still keep doing," he said.

The news comes 20 days after it was reported that the TimeSplitters maker could be closed per Embracer's evaluation of the studio.

Per UK law, staffers must be consulted at least a month before any layoffs; there's still a possibility that Free Radical could stay open if a third party acquires it. has reached out to Embracer for comment.

Update Wednesday, November 29: Embracer has denied the report and says that an email confirming that Free Radical Design will close on December 11 was not sent out. Nor was a statement released for the decision.

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