Whore Of The Orient’s Development Studio Has Reportedly Been Closed Down

According to sources from KMM’s games division, the team currently working on Whore of the Orient with L.A. Noire creator Brendan McNamara, is being shut down after the game’s publisher withdrew support.

A source contacted Kotaku earlier today with the news, and more have apparently come forward to MCV Pacific confirming the closure.

Multiple sources stated the team initially lost their publisher towards the end of last year.

But interestingly, KMM’s game division had been advertising for new positions as recently as April 5 2013, looking for a Lead Engine Programmer to work on their long rumoured ‘Whore of the Orient’ project. When we called to enquire about the positions we were informed that those position had been delayed for four to six months. Those positions were for a next-gen game on a three year development cycle, set for release in 2015.

This seems to complicate matters a little — why would a studio without a publisher send out job ads for a project in jeopardy? It’s possible that the project found a publisher, lost in late 2012, found another publishing deal and then subsequently lost that one — but at this stage no-one will discuss the details. We spoke to Warner Bros this afternoon who refused to comment on the situation, as did KMM when we called them this afternoon. KMM would only confirm that KMM, as a company, was still up and running, but would not discuss the situation regarding KMM’s game division.

We’ll update when we hear more.

This post was republished from Kotaku Australia.