FASA Studio, the developers behind Shadowrun, has been shut down and most of its employees have been relocated throughout Microsoft Game Studios. The news was posted the night of September 12, 2007, in Shadowrun’s forum by Mitch Gitelman, manager of FASA studio:
“It is my sad duty to announce that FASA Studio has officially closed its doors. Today was the official last day of employment for those of us who had not moved on to other positions within Microsoft Game Studios. While the rumors have been circulating forever, we chose to wait on an official announcement because we didn’t want people’s attention distracted from our last product, Shadowrun, a game we love.”
Shadowrun was its last game effort and it created a lot of hype before its launch because it offered cross-platform multiplayer allowing Xbox 360 and PC owners to play together. When the game came out it got poor reviews, mainly because it wasn’t true to the story in the original material, a pen-and-paper RPG set 63 years in the future, where magic and technology coexist and humans live amongst orks, elves, trolls and dwarves. Despite the initial hype for the game it only managed to sell about 100,000 copies.
Although I never played Shadowrun, I think BattleTech has a really good concept and I like some of the games it spawned, like MechAssault. I think it was a good game and I hope we get more of it in the future. Maybe now that they are part of MGS they can create a BattleTech game or maybe revive the Shadowrun franchise with a better plot and game mechanics. I think an RPG along the lines of Mass Effect would make a great game.
Even though most of the development team has been relocated, Gitelman said their tech and community support staff will keep on working on the game in order to provide aid for anyone still playing Shadowrun out there.