Developer Spellbreak Proletariat has been acquired by Blizzard Entertainment. Financial terms were not disclosed, and the Boston-based studio, which just yesterday announced it was ceasing work on Spellbreak, will henceforth work on World of Warcraft as a fully integrated part of Blizzard. In fact, World of Warcraft CEO John Hight has said that some of what they’re doing will be in the Dragonflight expansion coming out later this year.
Mike Ybarra, president of Blizzard Entertainment, said in a statement:
We put players at the center of everything we do and work hard to meet and exceed their expectations. Taking care of our teams is making sure we have the resources to create games that our community will love, while at the same time giving our teams the opportunity to explore even more creative possibilities within their projects. Proletariat is ideally placed to support Blizzard’s mission to deliver high quality content to our players more frequently.
Seth Sivak, CEO of Proletariat, explained the decision to drop Spellbreak:
Spellbreak was a critical success and we felt like we really brought something new to the battle royale genre. There is a lot of competition in this area where you compete against some of the biggest games in the world. We simply could not pick up the speed necessary for further development.