After more than ten years of publishing games, En Masse Entertainment is closing its doors for good. In a statement released on the publisher’s Facebook page, the announcement describes how the team began small and committed to creating the highest quality games possible. No information is provided regarding why the operation is shutting down.
In the statement, the focus is now clearly on the well-being and futures of the hard working people in the organization, “Today, it is with a heavy heart that we begin the process of discontinuing the business of En Masse Entertainment. Our focus in the coming weeks and months will be on our team, helping them to find new opportunities, and on our games, to ensure a seamless transition for you.”
It is always unfortunate to hear of entire publishers or developers shutting down, and it is a curious announcement due to the timing. 2020 has been a strong year for many video game related organizations due to the global pandemic, with Microsoft and Sony showing strong Q3 and Q4 performances as stay-at-home orders push people to seek entertainment in games. Of course, every organization is different, and the pandemic may have affected En Masse Entertainment in another way.
In North America, En Masse Entertainment is known mostly for its involvement with TERA, an MMORPG formerly known as TERA Online, with a combined user base of around 28 million players as of 2018. In its statement, it was made clear that TERA will continue to be supported, likely mainly by Bluehole Studio who already controls most of the ongoing work for the game.
En Masse Entertainment was also the publisher for Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, developed by BonusXP, and Stranger Things 3: The Game, developed by the same studio, Netflix, and Next Games Oyj.
For now, we wish everyone at En Masse Entertainment the best in the future endeavors. As the statement read, the current focus will be on helping the members of the publisher as much as possible in the coming weeks, and, “If you are in the industry and are looking for the best talent, please email [email protected].com.”
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