2Dawn Games appears to have dissolved. Their first-person, futuristic, wasteland multiplayer shooter, Ravaged: Zombie Apocalypse, is no more. What happened?
Checking up on the title on the Steam store page renders an empty result. You’ll just click on the store page link and get redirected back to the main Steam page.
“2Dawn, the developer, has some legal issues going on. As far as I know there no decision was made yet about whether it will come back to the Store or when. We’ll have to wait for some official statement.”
The comment about the legal issues seemed quite serious. I proceeded to reach out to 2Dawn Games’ press representative Nick Ritter who had no official statement to provide on behalf of the company but did mention that the game was removed from the Steam store and that Ravaged is no longer available for purcahse…
“Yes we removed the game from the store. The owners also dissolved the company. I am not 100% positive if there were “legal” troubles so I am not comfortable commenting on that.”
I tried visiting the website, but it’s inaccessible. It’s almost as if 2Dawn Games no longer exists. They originally came onto the scene back in January of 2012 when the multiplayer shooter, Ravaged, was first announced. During the spring of 2012 the game headed to Kickstarter where it was successfully crowd-funded.
It was a promising game with great graphics and a steady community. Shortly after the zombie conversion update and the modding tools for the Unreal Engine were released back in March of 2014, the game went silent for a while before disappearing back around November 25th, 2015.
According to Nick there was no announcement and no statements made publicly or internally about the decision to pull the game…
“No there wasn’t an announcement. Not even internally. I found out by looking at the website and seeing it was gone, then I went to the Steam store and it wasn’t there anymore either”
Nick did refer me to 2Dawn Games’ Ken Payne as someone who might have been able to answer more questions about the dissolution of the studio and the removal of the game from the Steam store. However, after attempting multiple times to get in contact with Payne I was unable to do so.
Cheerless game = (
Nevertheless, Nick does note that part of the remaining members of the studio have moved on toward a new project called Railgun, which is currently in development…
“Most of us are still working together. Half work at Autodesk on the new Stingray Engine preparing that for the future and another group of us are working with the Stingray Engine on a new indie game called RAILGUN.”
The details surrounding the studio’s closure and the removal of the game from Steam are still a bit of a mystery but at least we know the developers are still working their magic within the industry on the upcoming indie title Railgun.