Take-two has shuttered another international 2K studio, cancelling the in-development Borderlands Online.
Earlier in the year, we heard that 2K's Australian studio was closing down, and all of its staff being let go. Now, it looks like 2K China is in the firing range, as Take-two has shut down the studio, and cancelled the in-development Borderlands Online. If you just did a double take (what the heck is Borderlands Online??), that's because the game was only officially announced for Chinese release, and was to be an online only free-to-play take on the shooter, in a similar fashion to the South East Asia-only Counter-Strike Online.
"We are excited about the opportunities to expand our business in Asia, and we remain committed to delivering triple-A offerings for that region. At this time, we can confirm that we are closing 2K China," A Take-Two spokesperson told GamesIndustry.biz.
"We determined that the additional time required to finish current projects at the studio, particularly Borderlands Online, would not yield a favorable return on investment."
"We are working with affected staff to identify other opportunities within the company where possible," the statement continued.
Ultimately, this probably doesn't mean too much for those of us in the Western world, as we probably never would have seen Borderlands Online anyway, but it is sad that Take-two is closing down its international studios, and may indicate that things aren't going so well for them.