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Wizard with a Gun Developer Galvanic Games Shuts Down

Wizard with a Gun Developer Galvanic Games Shuts Down - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 June 2024 / 1,454 Views

Developer Galvanic Games president and founder Patrick Morgan via LinkedIn announced the studio has been shut down.

Galvanic Games is best known for developing the cooperative sandbox survival game, Wizard with a Gun, from 2023. 

"It is with a heavy heart that I announce the closure of Galvanic Games. Despite the promising start of Wizard with a Gun, sales are not strong enough to sustain our studio. The last year has been particularly tough for games. While we had numerous encouraging conversations at DICE and GDC, the process of signing new projects, even in a good year, takes longer than the runway we had left.

"Working with Devolver Digital was a dream come true for us. Together, we created a game I’m incredibly proud of. There is a certain bittersweetness to knowing that we accomplished all the things we set out to do when we founded Galvanic in 2015. From launching unique, weird, and interesting games to collaborating with some of my favorite people in the industry all while building a tight-knit, productive team focused on a healthy and creative culture.

"However, it is incredibly difficult to see our team facing the uncertainty of the current job market. I may never get over the irony of spending a decade building my ideal team, only for it to end after our most productive year. The dedication, creativity, and hard work of every person on our team have been nothing short of extraordinary.

"To support our team members during this transition, I will be attaching a list of those who requested visibility on their LinkedIn resumes and portfolios. If you have opportunities or know of any, please consider these incredibly talented individuals.

"Thank you for the support and memories. We are grateful for the journey and hope that our paths will cross again in the future."

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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SuntannedDuck2 (on 16 June 2024)

Never heard of but sounds cool. Co-op is a cool idea but hard to get some people into I think. They did a fair job I'd say for as long as they did last, got with a few companies to help them out with publishing.

I do question broad gameplay ideas or art (what I do want to see but doesn't always happen then the sameness we do see) and if they will sell.

I think it looks pretty good for something I'd never heard of (scratch that thing I have seen it before just forgot as from footage it does look familiar besides parts that look like Don't Starve or others like other games) but yeah getting it out there when some are too crowded.

Some games I find are too samey but are good enough but sell well while others doing something different or just not as clear of presence (title, what the game is about, artstyle or other factors people see in games or don't see/skip over) among the space fail. It's unfortunate. I feel for Indies in cases like this the space where it is too busy.

Or not enough internet presence talking about it either. The title is easy to remember, the art is pretty good.

Well I hope the staff end up with better things or can revive for a new studio or something.

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JRPGfan (on 16 June 2024)

Survival sandbox co-op indie games, just dont pull in huge numbers. Thats just how the bussiness goes, as a game studio.

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ireadtabloids JRPGfan (on 16 June 2024)

I think the Steam version sold reasonably well, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the console versions sold poorly.

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