The volatile massively multiplayer online market has claimed another victim with Horizons: Empire of Istaria
developer Artifact filing for voluntary reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, in order to restructure its debt. The move follows two previous rounds of staff redundancies and a payroll cut earlier this year.
Company representatives claim that the move will not interrupt the gameplay of Horizons
, but admit that the company has failed to reach an agreement with a “key vendor” (presumably publisher Atari) over finances.
Officials have also confirmed that attempts are being made for a full scale sale of the company, with due diligence underway by a “seriously interested company that may make an offer to acquire the assets of the company.”