QC Games, developers of the early access title Breach, is ceasing production of their game and is shutting down its studio.
Today, the developer announced that it was the “last official day for QC games” in a blog post. In this post entitled “Thank You,” the studio thanked their community and testers, as well as the community’s support. They continued:
We’re sure you have a lot of questions about Breach, your accounts, and the future of the game. Our team is still working on defining what this means for Breach and for our community, and we’ll post an updated article soon with answers to as many questions as we can cover.
QC Games said that they would be removing the ability to buy the actual game and its premium currency on April 4th. However, at the time of this writing (April 3rd) it appears that you can no longer purchase Breach on Steam.
The servers are still on right now, and later QC Games will provide an update on when Breach‘s servers will officially end.
The closure of the studio could be in part due to allegations that Breach contains Spyware when downloaded. Many negative reviews on its Steam page say that this Spyware, called IESnare, is installed on your computer. Some other complaints are just due to the overall quality of Breach.
One thread on the game’s Steam forums features users expressing their discontent over the news. Others talk about the security issues raised by IESnare.
Breach is a co-op ARPG featuring customizable character classes that take on mythological creatures in a dangerous world. It released in early access in mid-January of this year, but now this short-lived title is ceasing production.
That means QC Games becomes the second studio to officially shut down this year, although the first quarter of 2019 saw more jobs lost then all of 2018.
It’s always sad to see another indie studio shut down, but some circumstances certainly contribute to Breach’s downfall. I can’t understand the reasoning behind it containing Spyware. It raises GDPR concerns, which can be seen on the game’s reviews and forums. That spells for some big legal trouble. It also seems to have suffered from a very small player population, which can be seen here. For a multiplayer game, that’s also troubling.