In a somewhat shocking twist, Take-Two has announced that Borderlands Online, which was set to be a free-to-play online shooter to come out this year in China (not unlike Call of Duty Online) has been cancelled. And, 2K China, the developer of the game, has been shut down as well.
Venture Beat broke the story, and a spokesman from Take-Two stated the following:
“We are excited about the opportunities to expand our business in Asia, and we remain committed to delivering triple-A offerings for that region. At this time, we can confirm that we are closing 2K China. We determined that the additional time required to finish current projects at the studio, particularly Borderlands Online, would not yield a favorable return on investment.”
The spokesman added, “We are working with affected staff to identify other opportunities within the company where possible. The costs associated with the closure will not materially impact the company’s financial results. This decision does not affect our team behind NBA 2K Online, which has been and continues to be highly successful for our company. In addition, we look forward to the commercial launch of Civilization Online in Korea during this fiscal year.”
Whether a project like this could come back is anyone’s guess.