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Bit.Trip developer Choice Provisions shuts down San Francisco branch

Consolidating from two offices to one

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Choice Provisions, the company behind the Bit.Trip series, closed its San Francisco office last week, with co-founders Alex Neuse and Mike Roush saying in a blog post that the company plans to "refocus our efforts on our headquarters" in Santa Cruz, California.

"Over the past few years, the game industry has changed so dramatically that a mid-sized studio operating as we have for the past several years, just simply can't continue in the same way," said Roush and Neuse. "The decision was incredibly difficult, and we did everything we could to maintain the company as it had been, but unfortunately, having two studios was just not sustainable in the long term."

The closure of Choice Provisions' San Francisco branch resulted in an unspecified number of layoffs, with Neuse and Roush describing the staffers as "some really great people."

Founded in 2008 as the indie studio Gaijin Games and rebranded in 2014, Choice Provisions released seven Bit.Trip titles from 2009 to 2013. The company has also published games developed by outside studios, such as Shutshimi, which is free on PlayStation Plus this month. Choice Provisions' upcoming projects include Space Dave!, the sequel to 2014's Woah Dave!.

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