Two Tribes Developer Has Shut Down; Rebooting As New Version Of Company

Hey, it’s Jelani (you can call me Jellybean) back from a bit of a break. Sorry for the lack of updates lately, there’s been a lot going on. Let’s get back to business! Developer behind the Toki Tori game series and a game you may know called EDGE has shut down.  Here are some of the details listed on the official blog post from the developers explaining why they have been having this issue:

  • The old Two Tribes B.V., who employed the developers, is now gone.
  • Its parent company, Two Tribes Publishing B.V., that owns and publishes all our games and handles all contracts, remains unaffected.
  • A new daughter company has been formed and it will handle the development of future titles.
  • The original founders Martijn Reuvers and Collin van Ginkel aren’t going anywhere.


Two Tribes just wanted to say their goodbye’s first:

We’ve been making games for more than 13 years, so you can imagine how much it – quite frankly – sucks when after a four minute meeting at the courthouse, the company we built was no more. At the same time, we knew we were kinda stuck in the past and this was our chance to change things drastically.

In 2009 we started the transition from doing work for hire to becoming the Indie studio we had always wanted to be. We’re super proud of what we’ve achieved in recent years, but the company that resulted from that transition still held on to too many ideas and values from the old days. It’s difficult to make fundamental changes, but late October last year we had no other option. When Toki Tori 2 ended up taking way longer than expected and not achieving the sales we needed, it basically took the company down with it.

There’s a lot to learn from what went wrong and what we could have done better and we’ll definitely write up a few blog-posts in the future on that! But now it’s time to move forward and look to the future!

Not to worry though, Two Tribes isn’t gone for good! They have stated that they will be dividing into a smaller group and they’ll continue to sell their games on the eShop to fund their future releases:

For the outside world nothing much will change. Two Tribes Publishing is still in good shape and all our previous games will remain for sale. With the support of you, our players, the games will supply the funding for our new titles which will be released under the Two Tribes name.

We’ve got a ton of hindsight to work with and we’re going to be applying the lessons we learned to the new Two Tribes. Behind the scenes things will change quite a bit. We’ve decided to move away from creating custom technology and focus on what’s readily available. As a result we’ll be working with a much smaller team on our next game, a 2D side scrolling shooter, which will be re-using the existing Toki Tori 2+ engine.

Our focus will be on the design of our games, which we plan on making more of in less time than before.

What do you think about Two Tribe’s decision to do this? Are you looking forward to seeing any of their future titles in this new, smaller group? Let me know in the comments below! Also, if you like, you can check out the official blog post right here!

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