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November Update

by Eric Preisz · 11/11/2010 (7:00 pm) · 1042 comments

Today, InstantAction informed employees that it will be winding down operations. While we are shutting down the website and Instant Jam game, will continue to operate while InstantAction explores opportunities with potential buyers for Torque. We thank all of our past and current customers for their support.

- Torque Management

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11/11/2010 (7:02 pm)
And I'd been thinking IA Legions had been offline a long time ...
11/11/2010 (7:02 pm)
Well, I can't say I couldn't see this coming. I hope you all are able to find new career opportunities.
11/11/2010 (7:03 pm)
A sad day. I hope that a new buyer picks up Torque and does something great with it. Good luck to all my friends who are now looking for jobs.
11/11/2010 (7:03 pm)
Eric I hope you and all the people there I know well. Please keep us updated.
11/11/2010 (7:14 pm)
Sad news. Hope something good comes out of this and that the employees do not lose their jobs.
11/11/2010 (7:17 pm)
What exactly does this mean now for further development of T3D and the other engines? Is Torque in danger of being out of business soon? Or is it only the instant action portal?
11/11/2010 (7:20 pm)
Dreadful news :(
11/11/2010 (7:22 pm)
@ Andy S.

It says:
" will continue to operate while InstantAction explores opportunities with potential buyers for Torque."

I would assume any engine updates are dead in the water. The website will stay open until IA sells Torque to someone else.
11/11/2010 (7:24 pm)
thanks jack...I was not sure about this, but now it looks like I definately went wrong when buying T3D. And it's very sad to see the pioneer indies die...
11/11/2010 (7:25 pm)
Wonderful... I thought this place had gotten to that eerie quiet lately.

I wish the best to the employees of Torque. I can only hope that this amazing community remains steadfast, and continues to support one another as events unwind.

Hopefully a nice suprise will come from all of this leaving Torque in a better situation than IA has left it.
11/11/2010 (7:26 pm)
No buyer = no Torque. Hope you guys find a buyer for Torque - it would be a really sad day if Torque goes down the pan also. don't suppose a refund is out the question? :) I'm sure there will be many questions that need answering such as will the EULA remain even if a buyer is not found as people have spent their lives and lots of money developing a game for it to be pulled - unless it is community run and developed.
11/11/2010 (7:26 pm)
Thanks for starting the entier "independent games" development craze. I hope that a savior will come along to buyout the engine and get things going on the right track again with leadership that truely cares about the product.
11/11/2010 (7:28 pm)
Thank you for keeping the website up as long as you can. There's a lot of accumulated knowledge here that would SUCK if it were lost.
11/11/2010 (7:29 pm)
So what happens now? Specifically what happens to Torque X.
11/11/2010 (7:35 pm)
Can you manage a Subversion snapshot of the last work ever done on the various engines? Or is everything being locked up while looking for new ownership?
11/11/2010 (7:37 pm)
Very sad to hear, though seemingly inevitable. I hope that Torque finds a good home with a company that wants to be in the game engine business. I hope that all of my friends and former co-workers are able to find excellent new opportunities quickly.
11/11/2010 (7:37 pm)
Wow. There's an extraordinary amount of talent working over there at InstantAction, and I have no doubt you guys will quickly find new careers in the industry. Nevertheless, truly incredibly sad (and well I *am* surprised) news.

Best of luck to you guys. And I'm in agreement with the other folks hope you guys are able to find a buyer for the Torque technology quickly.

Dusty Monk
11/11/2010 (7:39 pm)
Sorry to see it come down to this, everybody. I've made a lot of friends in this community over the last six years. I hope everybody lands on their feet and continues to contribute to the larger indie games universe.
11/11/2010 (7:40 pm)
ouch! I've already seen many of my favorite employee's go, along with the Garage Games logo, that I loved. Now this, its almost too much.
11/11/2010 (7:40 pm)
That sounds quite clear to me, they're selling the engine and shutting down the facilities.

That's very sad to hear, especially for T2D which was a very good piece of middleware, still one of the ever best 2D engines out there (I considered using it again sometime in the future).

I feel none of the middleware shortcomings where the cause of the closure, but mostly Instant Action. Sounds quite unfair to some of you guys.
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