I doubt that many of you have heard about Frontier's action game The Outsider
. Announced in 2005, the game saw the main protagonist, a CIA agent, end up as a fugitive in an open world present-day Washington. According to the developer's website
, the game would have allowed the player "genuine freedom to change the story outcomes in a way not seen before", as your decisions shaped the way that the storyline unfolded.
Now, development on The Outsider
has ceased, as Frontier's founder David Braben confirmed to Rock Paper Shotgun
that there has been a "change [in] priorities" regarding other as-yet-unannounced projects.
Development of the game was previously funded solely by Frontier, but it was then signed up by Codemasters. Unfortunately, the publisher dropped the game from its roster, leaving Frontier to seek further funding to allow them to reach their intended release date of Q4 2011. EA had courted the game, but hopes of a deal disintegrated, and development on the project was no longer possible. You would naturally assume that the game would never see the light of day, but Braben later released a statement to Develop
, stating that "there is still publisher interest in the project, and we haven’t cancelled it".
Frontier, the developer behind http://www.trueachievements.com/Kinectimals-xbox-360.htm
, has recently suffered financial problems. Recent redundancies have seen 17 staff left out of work, although that still leaves over 210 staff at the studio.
It will be interesting to see what these further unannounced projects entail. Either way, it's always sad to see people losing their jobs.