Toki Tori creator Two Tribes loses development staff, continues publishing
Founders Martijn Reuvers and Collin van Ginkel remain with the company, but all previously-employed designers and programmers were laid off at the end of last year as a result of the restructuring. While the development arm of Two Tribes is no more, its parent Two Tribes Publishing is unaffected, and will continue to release new games in a partnership with a newly-formed daughter company.
Two Tribes’ founders cite an extended development period and low sales for Toki Tori 2 as the driving factors behind the company reboot. “We’ve decided to move away from creating custom technology and focus on what’s readily available,” the announcement reads. “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.”
Responding to fan questions via Twitter, Two Tribes notes that it will consider Wii U and PC releases for its next project, which it describes as a mixture of the arcade classics Metal Slug and Gradius.