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What’s Going on With Planet Moon? January 12, 2011

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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Planet Moon Studios is another one of the classic game development houses that I followed a lot over the last ten years.  In a generation of overcrowded PC faceless action shooters, they were able to mix up gameplay in a way that had never been seen before.  They added a pretty funny story to the mix, with some pretty zany characters in a wild fantasy setting.  Copies of Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Armed and Dangerous, and Infected, all have permanent places on my shelf.

However, after releasing Infected, Planet Moon dispatched with a lot of their game style as they knew it, and released a lot of games that were unlike the style they had previously established.  An action oriented company with a focus on humor was releasing handheld ports, puzzle and family oriented games.

Today they announced that thirty-seven of their employees have successfully been transferred to another company to work on a different project.  These employees were working on an unannounced game for Planet Moon, which after December got defaulted on for an unknown reason by the funder, and someone apparently owes them a lot of money.

Obviously this is just an event that sucks for everyone involved, but it could’ve been a lot worse.  Those thirty-seven developers could’ve been left entirely without a job.  Obviously lawsuits are being filed against all parties by Planet Moon, and things are probably going to be hush-hush until that clears.