Death Inc. Developer Ambient Studios Set to Close

The Grim Reaper has been put to rest.

Ambient Studios, founded by former LittleBigPlanet developers, is set to close with backers of their upcoming god-sim game Death Inc. being refunded.

The developer "couldn't make enough money to keep the wolves from the door," according to a message posted on the studio's website.

"Hi all," the statement reads. "It's time for a sad announcement: Ambient is shutting its doors. It's been an amzing ride and we've produced some amazing products like Monster Meltdown and Death Inc. We're super proud of what we acheived, but ultimately we didn't manage to make enough money to keep the wolves from the door. And so we had to make the difficult decision that it is no longer feasible for Ambient to continue operating.

"Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement along the way, we've got no regrets and have loved every minute of it. Obviously we cannot deliver on the commitments we made in the various Death Inc. alpha tiers. If you're one of the alpha backers, don't worry – we will be issuing full refunds so you will not be in any way out of pocket," the message concludes.

Two weeks ago Ambient announced that despite the failure of the game's Kickstarter that they would be launching an alpha for $10 and were updating the status of the game's development as recently as last week. Death Inc. would have seen players assume the role of the a Reaper with the aim of infecting as many people as possible with the plague in order to build an army and topple the corrupt king of England.

Hopefully all involved land on their feet.