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Kerbal Space Program 2 review bombed after developer Take-Two shuts down

The sequel to Kerbal Space Program has been bombarded with reviews on Steam after Take-Two Interactive shut down the development studio behind the game.

According to Bloomberg, Take-Two has decided to permanently close two of its subsidiaries as part of mass layoffs across the company. One of these is Roll7, the team behind OlliOlli World and Rollerdrome. The other is Kerbal Space Program 2 developer Intercept Games, and fans are not happy.

The original Kerbal Space Program is a game like no other: an immensely impressive space flight simulator. It allows players to build and customize ships in an attempt to gain a nation of little green people known as Kerbals.

The announcement of the sequel was met with positivity by those who played the original, but it has had a rocky road through Early Access. The December 2023 update seemed to be a turning point for the game, adding a lot to the existing content, but this latest blow was seen by some as a potential death knell.

The game now has mixed reviews overall on Steam, with recent reviews being classified as overwhelmingly negative. Many of these come from fans of the game who are angry about Take-Two’s decision to close the development studio.

The future for Kerbal Space Program 2 looks bleaker following a statement from Take-Two spokesperson Alan Lewis to GamesIndustry.biz.

“On April 16, Take-Two announced a cost reduction program to identify efficiencies within its operations and improve the company’s margin profile while continuing to invest in growth. As part of these efforts, the company is rationalizing its pipeline, eliminating several projects in development and streamlining its organizational structure, which will eliminate its workforce and reduce future workforce needs.”

The alleged elimination of several projects will be a major concern for fans, although development of the project will likely continue under publisher Private Division, the indie arm of Take-Two.