Zachtronics may not be a well-known name in the game industry, but the company has been releasing some interesting, unique, and praise-worthy titles over the last 11 years. They even brought their award-winning visual novel Eliza over to the Switch a few years back. Sadly, it seems that’s the first and last game from Zachtronics that Switch owners will have the chance to enjoy.
Zachtronics has announced that they’re officially shutting down operations. You might think they’re making this decision due to tough times or lack of funding, but that’s not the case. In an interview with Kotaku, founder Zach Barth simply states that it’s time to move on.
“We’re wrapping things up! …We all have different ideas, interests, tolerances for risk, and so on, so we’re still figuring out what we want to do next.
…We felt it was time for a change. This might sound weird, but while we got very good at making ‘Zachtronics games’ over the last twelve years, it was hard for us to make anything else. We were fortunate enough to carve out a special niche, and I’m thankful that we’ve been able to occupy it and survive in it, but it also kept us locked into doing something we didn’t feel like doing forever.”
It’s extremely refreshing to hear a developer say that a company has run its course, and the team behind the scenes feels it’s time to get out there and try some new stuff. It certainly leaves the door open for a Zachtronics return in the future, but I think it’s more likely that this wonderful group of people heads off in other directions of the game industry to stretch their limbs and test their limits. We wish the entire team the best of luck in their future endeavors.