They say that Friday the 13th can be an unlucky day, and it looks like it could be a very unlucky day for fans of the GP-Series and for employees of Microprose UK. News from GameSpot.com:
Infogrames has confirmed that the MicroProse UK studio responsible for Geoff Cramond's Grand Prix 4 will be shut down on September 20. The studio currently employs 27 people and was the last UK-based studio under the MicroProse label.Now, if this is true, it's likely that there will be no Grand Prix 4 patch for some time, and it could mean that Simergy (Geoff Crammond and co.) are left without a publisher for future games. If they fail to find a new one, this could signal the end of the grand-prix-series.
The only remaining US MicroProse studio is based in Hunt Valley, Maryland. MicroProse, once a major PC game publisher, was acquired by Hasbro in 1998 and was a part of Hasbro's later deal with Infogrames. When asked for comment, an Infogrames representative said, "MicroProse is a lesser label and has been for some time." Starting with the 2002 release of Neverwinter Nights, Infogrames turned to branding high-profile PC games under the Atari label.