Officials from British publisher Zoo Digital have announced that the company has decided to close its games publishing division after weak sales over the Christmas period pushed the company into heavy losses.
The company was established by former Gremlin Graphics founder Ian Stewart and specialized in niche PC and Game Boy Advance game, as well as home console titles such as Alien Hominid
and the Guilty Gear
beat ‘em-up series.
The remaining assets of the games division are to be sold to former sales director Barry Hatch for £250,000 ($438,000) in cash. As a result ten members of the publishing team have been made redundant but will be taken on by Hatch in his new business.
Zoo Digital will be renamed as Zoo Interactive Video (ZIV) and will now focus entirely on the creation and publication of interactive DVD-Video titles.
“The Board believe that the prospects for the development of its unique DVD software remain sound and are encouraged by the continuing commercial opportunities that the Hollywood market presents,” said a statement put out by the company.