Deliver Us Mars Developer KeokeN Lays Off All Employees

KeokeN, the developer behind Deliver Us Mars, has announced that it’s laid off all studio employees, effectively immediately. The decision comes after failing to to have anything “substantial” come together after attending the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.

In a statement posted to Twitter, CEO Koen Deetman and managing director Paul Deetman detailed the choice to let go of its remaining employees.

“Heartbroken, we’ve had to lay off our team at KeokeN because of nothing substantial materializing directly after our visit to GDC,” they said. “We’ve unfortunately exhausted all our possible options for publishing, work for hire, and co-development.”

They continued: “Paul and I are heavily beat, but far from beaten. It’s our personal mission to rebuild KeokeN brick by brick like we’ve done before, in the name of our people and to continue the legacy of our games.”

In addition to asking for leads on positions for the employees who were being let go, the statement mentions a Kickstarter being launched for Deliver Us Home.

“This is one small step for KeokeN, one giant leap for Delivering Us Home. A game we will build for you and with you,” the said.

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