Ignition gives up development

Tuesday, 28th June 2011 01:45 GMT By Brenna Hillier

El Shaddai publisher Ignition has called it quits on development in favour of a publishing partner model, apparently cancelling both Reich and Project Kane.

Ignition’s director of business development Shane Bettenhausen told Siliconera Ignition will no longer develop games internally.

The company, a subsidiary of UTV, will maintain offices in London and Tokyo, but will stick strictly to publishing.

Interestingly, no mention was made of the US offices; we’ve contacted Ignition to find out what’s going on there.

Unless the Texas office has taken over, it seems we can wave farewell to Project Kane, the on-again off-again game once called Wardevil, and Reich, which was still in the works as recently as January.

Moving forward, Ignition still has the Western launch of El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron and Vanillaware’s PS Vita action RPG Dragon’s Crown.

Two 3DS titles, Renegade Kid’s Planet Crashers 3D and Endgame Studios’ Fractured Soul 3D, are due next year, as well as a word game called Quarrel from Denki.

Thanks, GoNintendo.



  1. ultramega

    AHAHAHA. Yep. Knew this would happen. Wardevil was the very definition of vapourware, even more so than DNF. At least gameplay was shown of that over the years.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Have Ignition ever developed anything internally that was actually any good? They might well do better to stick to publishing Japanese oddities in the long run.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. onlineatron

    From the demo El Shaddai seemed cool, if a little finicky.

    Ignition seems a studio to give longshots a go, which I appreciate. The industry could do with more studios like that.

    #3 4 years ago

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