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Turns out we aren't as good at selling games as we thought! It's time for a radical change!

We’re Rebooting!

Looking at our busy release schedule you probably wouldn’t have guessed, but in the last two months of 2013 our office has been largely empty.

There was no programming, no designing, no fun to be had, just co-founders Martijn and Collin taking care of the business end of things. In this case the ‘business end’ can be taken quite literally. The old Two Tribes, founded in 2001, doesn’t exist anymore and we had to send everyone home.

Before we go into details…

The Facts

  • The old Two Tribes B.V., who employed the developers, is now gone.
  • Its parent company, Two Tribes Publishing B.V., that owns and publishes all our games and handles all contracts, remains unaffected.
  • A new daughter company has been formed and it will handle the development of future titles.
  • The original founders Martijn Reuvers and Collin van Ginkel aren’t going anywhere.

With that out of the way, let’s say goodbye first.

Bye Old Friend!

We’ve been making games for more than 13 years, so you can imagine how much it - quite frankly - sucks when after a four minute meeting at the courthouse, the company we built was no more. At the same time, we knew we were kinda stuck in the past and this was our chance to change things drastically.

In 2009 we started the transition from doing work for hire to becoming the Indie studio we had always wanted to be. We’re super proud of what we’ve achieved in recent years, but the company that resulted from that transition still held on to too many ideas and values from the old days. It’s difficult to make fundamental changes, but late October last year we had no other option. When Toki Tori 2 ended up taking way longer than expected and not achieving the sales we needed, it basically took the company down with it.

There’s a lot to learn from what went wrong and what we could have done better and we’ll definitely write up a few blog-posts in the future on that! But now it’s time to move forward and look to the future!

Reboot!

For the outside world nothing much will change. Two Tribes Publishing is still in good shape and all our previous games will remain for sale. With the support of you, our players, the games will supply the funding for our new titles which will be released under the Two Tribes name.

We’ve got a ton of hindsight to work with and we’re going to be applying the lessons we learned to the new Two Tribes. Behind the scenes things will change quite a bit. We’ve decided to move away from creating custom technology and focus on what’s readily available. As a result we’ll be working with a much smaller team on our next game, a 2D side scrolling shooter, which will be re-using the existing Toki Tori 2+ engine.

Our focus will be on the design of our games, which we plan on making more of in less time than before.

A Massive Thanks!

We know it has been a rough couple of months for everyone involved, most of our natives spent between four and nine years of their lives at Two Tribes.

We want to take this opportunity to thank - in no particular order - Eelke, Hessel, Meinte, Marco, Jeroen, Paul, Jay and Shan for being super understanding and showing true character by sticking with us until the very last moment. You guys and girl have been the backbone of Two Tribes for many years and for us it feels like saying goodbye to friends instead of co-workers. You’ll be missed! We hope that you land safely at some awesome company of your choosing!

THANKS!!!

Two Tribes, Wednesday January 8 2014

Sad news... good luck for your projects !

aquab0n, Wednesday January 8 2014, 15:50

Sad news.

Michal, Wednesday January 8 2014, 16:00

Sounds like a very tough last few months for you guys. I feel for you – I've gone through a similar thing myself. Really hope your luck changes and things take a turn for the better this year.
I look forward to playing whatever games you come up with.

FritzFrapp, Wednesday January 8 2014, 16:02

Damn! That's sad to hear :(
Thanks for your games, Toki Tori remains one of my all time fav puzzle game.

Good luck with your new adventure! I'll keep watching ;)

JR Tessier, Wednesday January 8 2014, 16:03

At least you are not stopping making games entirely. Thanks for your games and for huge support to your community. I look for the next game of yours!

G. Vorobyov, Wednesday January 8 2014, 16:10

What?

I'm sad to hear that :/

Our last game didn't went very well either. Looks like times are changing. It's becoming harder and harder to sell games by our-self!

Keep up dear friends!

Guillaume,
from the Swing Swing Submarine

Guillaume, Wednesday January 8 2014, 16:11

This news is really sad and I really didn't see it coming. I've really enjoyed the games you have made over the years. It sad to see a developer that I like so much go away, but I hope this is a chance for a new beginning.

I hope you get to employ at least most of the people from the old company. I cannot imagine how this must be for them.

Maikel Steneker, Wednesday January 8 2014, 16:20

So sorry to hear this. We wish you the best of luck and if there's anything we can help out with, let us know. The guys and girls at Grendel Games.

Tim Laning, Wednesday January 8 2014, 16:34

Nasty news. I wish all the best to all involved and impacted by this, though I know that doesn't mean much just coming from another set of text down the internet.

I hope that those who have unfortunately had to leave Two Tribes will be able to get back on their feet sooner rather than later, and that those fans who stick around here will also keep their support up for them, too.

FrazerJC, Wednesday January 8 2014, 16:42

That's a real bummer. I've been a fan since Toki Tori came out on WiiWare. Wishing you guys all the best in this new endeavor.

Dan Diemer, Wednesday January 8 2014, 17:07

Good Luck guys,

I've enjoyed a lot our games and Toki Tori 2 is one of the most missunderstood great independent games I've ever played.

Hope to see ya soon.

Handsome_Bob, Wednesday January 8 2014, 17:16

Sad to hear. Toki Tori 1 + 2 were the best puzzle games for me in the past. So lovely and hard to master. I hope there are ways in the future to release Toki Tori 3.

Thx for these great games and experiences!

Benjamin, Wednesday January 8 2014, 17:49

Toki Tori is GOD.
Toki Tori is Forever!

TokiTori GOD, Wednesday January 8 2014, 18:04

How can be possible?? Your games are ALWAYS in the list of most selled games for WiiU´s eshop!!!???

Juanan, Wednesday January 8 2014, 18:39

Toki Tori 2 is one of the best games I've played. So sad it didn't sell as well as it deserved. Good luck with everything and I'll be getting whatever you make in the future!

Mxy, Wednesday January 8 2014, 19:00

Well, hope everything works out.

SteventheSlayer, Wednesday January 8 2014, 19:38

looking forward to seeing what you come up with! best of luck.

asdf, Wednesday January 8 2014, 19:38

Hi Two Tribes,

This is sad news for all of us. My daughter grew up puzzling Toki Tori. It is one of the only games she always came back to. I also liked it a lot. We enjoyed reviewing Toki Tori in 2009 for the iPhone.

Good luck in the future, we will always support you!

Robin/Dani iPhonetunes.com

Robin, Wednesday January 8 2014, 20:19

Awww... I'm sad to hear this. :( You guys are my favorite, it's so unfair your games didn't sell that good... I wish you guys the best of luck!

Ruud Lenders, Wednesday January 8 2014, 20:19

Sad news, but I'm glad you guys are still determined to make cool games.
Succes gewenst!

Roth, Wednesday January 8 2014, 20:35

Wow heftig! Top dat jullie de schouders eronder zetten en blijven strijden! Zet 'm op!
Groetjes,
Roos

Roos Hendriks, Wednesday January 8 2014, 21:22

Bad times...only sad news.
I wish you the best for the future.
I liked so much your ideas and politic

Marcel2o, Wednesday January 8 2014, 22:50

I just read about this at The Escapist... I'm so sorry, guys. I wish you the best of luck.

Zim the Fox, Wednesday January 8 2014, 23:19

So sad this is! I have always looked up to the awesome games you guys have made, so sad that it didn't work out. I will keep looking forward to your next project, and good luck with the future!

Joost van Dongen, Thursday January 9 2014, 1:08

Sad to read the news, I wish all of you the best as an Indie, and hope you might be able to get back some of the people you've had to let go, to make future games. best of luck.

Wayne Padget, Thursday January 9 2014, 14:05

This is sad news indeed. FWIW, I've done everything I can to support you guys since discovering the Toki Tori remake in 2011. I've bought all of your Steam games and GBC Toki Tori, plus gifted your games to multiple friends. I hope you are able to recover and rebuild the team.

Alex O, Tuesday January 14 2014, 23:06

Sad to hear about this news. I first came across Toki Tori on WiiWare and it is probably my favourite puzzle game of all time. Good luck with your future projects! :)

Rob Jones, Monday January 27 2014, 5:55

Agreed. I found Toki Tori on WiiWare too and had an absolute blast with it. I hope Two Tribes are able to recover and come back stronger.

Hoju, Monday January 27 2014, 16:12

Make more additional levels for PS3, i cant wait to buy on PSN! Use present games you have, add new "worlds, levels ", and sell over PSN, that is solution!

BurnerNS, Sunday February 9 2014, 20:12

Not really, PSN isn't a big store for us, but thanks for thinking along Burnerns! :)

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