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NEWS ALERT! Microprose UK Shut Down. End of GP-Series?
Game News | Grand Prix 4 | By Paul on 13 September 2002 16:48

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.

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.
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.

With the news that ISI will not develop an EA F1 2003 simulation, this could mean that F1-simulation fans are going to be left without any new games for some time.
We will keep you updated right here on SimRacingWorld, and don't forget that you can discuss this on our forums.


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