British independent developer Headfirst Productions has confirmed that it has gone into administration and is no longer trading as a going concern, according to information originally reported online, and officially confirmed by Gamasutra.
Best known for the Bethesda-published Xbox title Call Of Cthulhu: Dark Corners Of The Earth
, which saw a massive, at least five year development process, a significant portion of which was not funded by a publisher, the company nonetheless seems to have completed the PC version of the game, which ships today in North America, according to publisher Bethesda.
Fansite Calling Cthulhu originally broke the story, quoting a “reliable source” at the company, and pointing to a number of forum posts from prominent members of the development team regarding their departure and re-emergence at other studios, including Codemastars, Eurocom, Crytek, Lionhead and BioWare.
Headfirst Productions has also recently sold the Simon the Sorcerer intellectual property, with Calling Cthulhu
suggesting that only a skeleton staff remained at the developer to complete work on the PC version of Call Of Cthulhu
, and subsequent titles in the survival horror-esque Cthulhu
series seemingly planned but unlikely to be completed for the firm, which is based in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands.
Gamasutra has been able to confirm with Headfirst Productions that the company has indeed gone in to administration, with administrator Peter Nottingham being placed in charge of the company's remaining assets.