V1 Interactive, the fledgling game development studio founded by Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto, is closing its doors. The company confirmed the disappointing news on its official Twitter account today, which now includes a tweet thanking the staff for their contributions over the last few years. Lehto founded V1 Interactive only five years ago after quitting Bungie in 2012 for crunch and other reasons.
“We are sad to inform you that V1 Interactive is officially closing,” the developer tweeted. “We want to thank all the talented people at V1, both past and present, who helped make the last 5 years wonderful. And a heartfelt thanks to the amazing community that supported us.”
“At V1, our priority has been to the wellbeing of our employees,” Lehto noted in a separate tweet. “We’ve been transparent with them about the state of things for months and are making this decision now so they still have ample time to search for new jobs while being supported by our studio.”
At V1, our priority has been to the wellbeing of our employees.— Marcus Lehto (@game_fabricator) March 8, 2021
We’ve been transparent with them about the state of things for months and are making this decision now so they still have ample time to search for new jobs while being supported by our studio. https://t.co/XJbWDxazto
V1 Interactive’s one and only game release is 2020’s Disintegration, a sci-fi title that combines first-person shooter and real-time strategy elements. The title takes place on a future Earth in which humans survive by preserving their brains in robotic armatures.
“You play as Romer Shoal, a former Gravcycle pilot in command of a small resistance force still grasping onto the fading memories of their human selves,” a game description reads. “With the domineering Rayonne forces set on eliminating the final remnants of human society, it’s up to Romer and his crew of Outlaws to fight back and reboot humanity. Pilot weaponized Gravcycles and command your crew on the ground by leveraging a variety of unique abilities to dominate the battle.”