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Toki Tori dev Two Tribes announces imminent closure after 15 years

Rive will be studio's final game

Two Tribes, the studio best known for the Toki Tori series, debuted a new trailer for its upcoming game Rive today — alongside the news that the game would be the studio's last.

In a post on its website, Two Tribes included the "epic conclusion" trailer above and explained that, after shooter-heavy platforming game Rive launches this September, the company will go into "early retirement."

"We will continue to support our partners and all gamers out there, we just won't be making any new games after Rive," co-founders Martijn Reuvers and Collin van Ginkel, along with animator Meinte van der Spiegel, wrote.

The Netherlands-based company noted that changes in the global gaming industry informed its decision to exit. When Two Tribes entered game development in 2000, it said, things looked quite different: Digital distribution was not yet the norm, and "there were severe hardware limitations and most of today's sophisticated design tools were non-existent."

While Two Tribes thrived in this more limited environment, the company referred to itself as "dinosaurs" in comparison to modern studios who have been able to keep up with rapidly changing tech, the rise of streaming and the shift toward digital releases.

"When running a company, you need to be on top of your game, not just in terms of the product you're making, but business-wise too," the post stated. "And we just aren't on top of the games business anymore."

Two Tribes — which laid off a number of staff at the end of 2013, before "rebooting" its development branch — will continue to exist, however. It just won't be making games. What the future holds for the company beyond the release of Rive this fall remains up in the air.

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