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Worker co-op dev The Glory Society has shut down

The four-year-old studio founded by two of the Night in the Woods developers is closing down and cancelling its debut project Revenant Hill.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

November 7, 2023

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Screenshot of Twigs the Cat on a tree in The Glory Society's Revenant Hill.
Image via the game's Steam page.

The Glory Society, the employee-directed studio formed by Night in the Woods staff, announced it's "suspending operations" and canceling its debut title, Revenant Hill

On X (formerly Twitter), the developer explained that two of its staff stepped away from the project due to "serious health issues. [...] This is a loss of several hard to replace hats in an environment where all hats are needed."

Founded in 2019 by Wren Farren, Bethany Hockenberry, and Scott Benson, Glory Society established itself as a co-op developer equally owned and directed by its employees. Revenant Hill was revealed earlier in the year for an eventual planned release on PlayStation and Steam.

As a worker cooperative, The Glory Society founders explained they "make decisions as a group. For us, this was the clear path to take for the well-being of the team, which is frankly more important than games. [...] Sometimes things happen beyond your control that change the available options and you just have to roll with it together."

The studio said it would consider sharing what it learned from the experience at a later date. "Glory was a project in and of itself," it continued, "and it’s one we’re proud to have been part of. Thank you for caring about what we did."

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Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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