United Front Games, the maker of Sleeping Dogs, ModNation Racers and the now-cancelled early access title Smash + Grab, has closed its doors today.
Reports about the studio shutting down hit the internet around 11:00 AM Sydney time. It was a surprise rumour given that United Front Games had just run a free weekend on Steam for their latest title, an early access third-person brawler.
Quickly after, people started noticing that Smash + Grab had been pulled for purchase from Steam:
Smash + Grab removed from Steam an hour ago. RIP United Front Games pic.twitter.com/qyYwkjr8O6
— Wario64 (@Wario64) October 18, 2016
A source within the studio then confirmed to Kotaku Australia that United Front Games has closed down.
We've reached out to United Front and their PR representatives in Australia and abroad for an official statement, but had not heard back at the time of writing. There also hasn't been any official announcement on Smash + Grab's social media or Steam pages, or that Smash + Grab has been pulled from sale.
The studio's closure comes after it announced the closure of Triad Wars at the start of the year. Triad Wars was a multiplayer based off the original map from Sleeping Dogs, the open-world action-adventure that United Front will probably be most remembered for.
United Front also collaborated with other studios on larger projects, building the frontend for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, as well as working on the Xbox One of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.