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Former Call of Duty, Lost Planet developer Spark Unlimited ends game dev

The Los Angeles-based studio which last developed Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z for Tecmo Koei has shut down according to evidence from across the web.

Newsbrief: A report from Polygon reveals that Spark Unlimited, the Los Angeles-based developer of such games as Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3, and Call of Duty: Finest Hour, has laid off its employees and ceased to make video games.

Spark CTO John Butrovich told Polygon "it's the end of Spark as a game developer." Some studio employees will continue to work together on other non-game projects. The studio had also worked on a film.

Gamasutra's own sources also confirmed trouble at the company in the run-up to the shut-down, and a NeoGAF poster uncovered an auction for the studio's assets, including furniture and computers.

The studio was first founded in 2002 and had been working on a free-to-play project when it shut down. It had recently lost a contract to develop a game for a major publisher.

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