Disney Interactive Studios recently announced that they are closing the British Columbia-based Propaganda Games, the creator of the video game Tron: Evolution – there are now 70 people who are unemployed.
Released this past December, Tron only sold about 46,000 copies in its first week on the market, reported PCmag.com (in comparison, the wildly popular Halo 3 game sold 2.8 million copies after just one week of being on shelves). Tron also received mediocre reviews from critics. The game was based on a Disney flick with a similar name (“Tron: Legacy”), which also hit theatres around the same time.
According to the Vancouver Sun, Disney spokesman Eric Wein confirmed the studio closure in an email that he sent last Thursday to the news outlet, saying that Propaganda "has completed all work associated with its most recent project [Tron]." The creator of action and role-playing video games, Propaganda was founded in 2005 and bought the same year by Disney. Other than Tron they had also released Turok, which was based on the comic book series, in 2008, and they had started working on Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned, however that project was cancelled in October of last year.
News outlets are speculating that the closure may have come as a surprise to the 70 employees who were working at Propaganda Games, which is located in downtown Vancouver. The shutdown was confirmed by Disney reps who emailed an official press release to several gaming websites.
Propaganda recently came in at number ten on Business in Vancouver’s list of major British Columbia video game companies.