Ignition Switches From Internal Development To Partner Publisher

By Spencer . June 27, 2011 . 2:02pm

image Ignition Entertainment, a subsidiary of mega corporation UTV, is changing their business model. Reports surfaced that Ignition closed their Austin studio and may have shuttered their Japanese studio, which developed El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. A tipster also informed us the London studio, which was working on Project Kane has been closed.


We got in touch with Shane Bettenhausen, Director of Business Development, who confirmed the London studio will cease developing games. Ignition offices will remain open in London and Tokyo, but only for video game publishing. Ignition will no longer develop games internally.


Bettenhausen clarified that Ignition will still focus on creating new IP, like Dragon’s Crown, but will focus on partnering with external developers and overseeing development moving forward. In addition to Vanillaware, Ignition is working with Dementium developer Renegade Kid on Planet Crashers 3D and Melbourne-based Endgame Studios on Fractured Soul 3D. Both titles are slated for release on Nintendo 3DS early next year. Ignition also acquired Quarrel, a word game developed by Denki.


When we spoke with Takeyasu Sawaki, the lead designer of El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, he mentioned he was not employed by Ignition or their Japanese studio. Instead, Sawaki is a contractor.

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  • Eddie

    For a second there I got ready to yell Nooooooooooo in a dramatic voice. Not so bad news after all, things could have been worse.

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    I hope they do well here.

    This makes me want to get El Shaddai even more though.:/

  • So they’ll still make games, they’ll just outsource the work. That’s a relief.

  • LezardValeth

    Honestly I like this direction. Ignition is making some rather bold moves in a stagnant, shooter-based generation of gaming. I’m very happy to see Ignition giving the helping hand to smaller dev studios and indie developers who have great stories to tell and great games on their minds. Take Dragon’s Crown for instance; the devs had trouble finding a publisher, Ignition took the initiative finally and the game is finally going to get made and released…and that’s what people want, this year’s E3 was a complete bore to me, too many sequels of already worn-out, bad, or simply overhyped games *cough* Modern Warfare 3 *cough*. Anyways we want something fresh and exciting, originality, more story and action, less shootan’ games plz thx.

    TL;DR GG Ignition for bringing fresh and unique games into the light and off of the napkin on the coffee table.

  • HarryHodd

    If they keep bringing games like Dragons Crown then I’m happy with this new direction.

  • DarkWaterClone

    So does this mean Wardevil is canceled again? Because last I heard Wardevil became known as Project Kane. I hope not because the idea of that game sounded cool.

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