Video game publisher Take-Two Interactive has ended development of the free-to-play game Borderlands Online and shut down 2K China, the studio in charge of its development.
A company 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.”
Borderlands Online, a Chinese exclusive title, was originally planned to be available on desktop and mobile this year. The move by Take-Two to end development will affect roughly 150 employees in Shanghai.
“We are working with affected staff to identify other opportunities within the company where possible,” according to the spokesperson.
Take-Two’s other operations in Asia – an office in Singapore, a testing facility in Chengdu and the NBA Online development team in Shanghai – will not be affected by the 2K China closure.
The company stated that it considers NBA 2K Online a success, and it will continue development of the game. It also said that it anticipates the launch of the Civilization Online game in Korea later this year.
The company spokesperson stated, “We are excited about the opportunities to expand our business in Asia, and we remain committed to delivering triple-A offerings for that region.”
Other Take-Two titles are still under development, such as the first person shooter Battleborn to be released worldwide in 2016.