...For at least a little while, and no, it's not an April Fool's joke.
Change is in the air, and after almost twenty years— can you believe it?— Gaijin Studios has decided to take a break.
It’s for a couple of reasons. The fact is that Doug and Karl are both moving on to different living situations too far away to reasonably commute, and Brian, Laura, and I are left with just too much office to be economically feasible for us. So, to that end, we’ve decided to take a hiatus and work from our individual homes for at least six months, with a hopeful eye toward possibly reconvening as a studio later this year or the next. No drama, we're all still tight and all-- we'll probably all still try and sit together at cons.
But whatever happens next... wow, nineteen years. I don't have proof, but my sense is that it may be a record for this kind of place. How many freelancers could keep a studio together that long? I mean, people have come and gone, obviously, but a core group has remained for all that time. If you're curious, here's a list of the people who have made this place something special over the years: Brian Stelfreeze, Karl Story, Adam Hughes, Dave Johnson, Jason Pearson, Tony Harris, Georges Jeanty, Jason Martin, Joe Phillips, Rick Mays, Kelsey Shannon, Stine Walsh, Tony Shasteen, Laura Martin, Doug Wagner, and me. Quite a roster, wouldn't you say?
Anyway, I won't call it an end to anything but a chapter. After all, who knows what the future holds?