Eccentric, unapologetically angelic action game El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
will debut on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 next month, and make for a strange conclusion to Ignition Games' internally developed lineup. The company will move forward with a new studio based in Marina Del Rey, California, and shift its focus to publishing games and seeking out more partnerships with independent developers. From an announcement this morning: "In order to facilitate shifting the publishing focus to more effectively work with innovative independent developers and explore new platform possibilities, Ignition Games has taken the strategic decision not to continue with internal development of games."
New Business Development Director, Shane Bettenhausen, also confirmed a round of layoffs at Ignition's Austin location, which excised an internal console development team working on a unannounced project. According to a Gamasutra
report, "around 15" people are believed to have been let go. We're told the status of the studio's first-person shooter, Reich
, remains unchanged from when it was last mentioned (and said to be alive
Ignition's externally sourced range of games -- including an upcoming 3DS version of twin-screen platformer Fractured Soul
-- should remain intact while the company slides out of its development jeans