Ex-Splatterhouse Developer BottleRocket Closes Its Doors

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BottleRocket Entertainment, formerly the developers of Splatterhouse for Namco Bandai and responsible for the Mark of Kri series for Sony, is no more. Studio president Jay Beard officially announced BottleRocket's demise today via e-mail.


Beard's statement on the closure notes that "after fighting to keep the doors open for the past six months we have decided to close and move on," putting an end to the studio's seven year history. The studio was previously working on a reboot of Namco Bandai's Splatterhouse before having the project pulled, leading to a handful of curt exchanges between BottleRocket staffers and Namco execs.

When news of the Splatterhouse development debacle hit, it was rumored that BottleRocket's financial situation, stemming form the loss of the game, would mean imminent closure.

The studio was also rumored to have worked on a video game based on DC Comics' the Flash for Brash Entertainment before that publisher imploded.

Beard says in his e-mail that he is "now in the process of building a new development studio from the ground up" but did not expand upon those plans or whether BottleRocket staff would make the transition to that new studio.


Thanks, Namco. Is it just me or are more and more developers being killed because of publishers pulling funding on them?

LucasArts killed Free Radical, Brash killed Factor 5, Square Enix killed GRIN (allegedly) and now Namco killed Bottle Rocket.

Here's an idea, publishers. Stop fucking over your developers. If you don't like what they're making, help them fix it.