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Atari subsidiary Eden Games shuttered

Alone in the Dark and Test Drive Unlimited developer Eden Games, a subsidiary of Atari, has shuttered according to a report from Eurogamer.

An email Polygon sent to the company's general inquiry box was returned with a message in French, which translated read, "We regret to inform you that the studio is permanently closed since 1 March 2013."

Eden Games' studio portfolio includes the rally racing V-Rally series, 2000's Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed, 2006's Test Drive Unlimited and 2011 sequel Test Drive Unlimited 2 and 2008 survival horror title Alone in the Dark.

In summer 2011, 51 of the company's 80 staff members were fired, after which remaining employees went on strike. In May 2012, Atari announced that Eden Games was "in the process of being disposed of," and was being prepared for divestment as part of Atari's focus on "exploiting our popular intellectual property library on mobile devices [and online and licensing]." Atari told Eurogamer in a statement last May that despite the rumblings, the studio was not closing.

"We want to make it clear that the studio has not closed and that we will continue to support the console and PC games of Eden Games, notably Test Drive Unlimited 2," the company said.

Eurogamer reports the studio was placed in "a state of liquidation" in January by local authorities.

A group of former employees joined up to form indie developer Blossom Minds in 2011, which went on to create Walter, a platformer starring a creature made of liquid.

Polygon has reached out to Atari for more information and will update this story with details as we have them.

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