Karlshamn-based developer Forgotten Key, creator of the award-winning The Shine of a Star and AER Memories of Old games, is closing down after seven years and two game releases.
According to a report from GamesIndustry.biz following the announcement of the studio’s imminent closure, CEO Robin Hjelte reflected on the studio’s work and growth, including expanding from four to 14 employees and completion of AER Memories of Old.
“The questions we ask ourselves are ‘Where did we take the wrong turns? Why couldn’t we find partners who were willing to invest in our ideas, despite awards and proven talent? What could and should we have done differently?'” said Hjelte in a blog post. “The answers are probably many and nuanced, where we will surely fall to whatever the opposite of survival bias is called when trying to find explanations. One answer is probably the market’s development, another personal misjudging of priorities, and a third the inherent problem between making business out of creativity and art. This is a topic I will return to in future writings to explore different angles, and maybe shed light on the ups and downs of a studio.”
Besides The Shine of a Star and AER Memories of Old, Forgotten Key had other projects in development including Down the Well, a folklore-inspired adventure and Vind, a narrative flight exploration adventure. Both will be released as free demos on itch.io as a thank-you to the studio’s supporters.
Learn more about Forgotten Key at forgottenkey.se.