Take-Two Interactive has decided to cancel the upcoming China-exclusive MMORPG Borderlands Online and closing its 2K China studio, based in Shanghai. The studio had around 150 members of staff and this decision was based on the assumption that finishing the current projects, particularly Borderlands Online “would not yield a favorable return on investment.”
The Singapore office remains open and functional, as well as the Shanghai-based NBA 2K Online team and the testing facility in Chengdu. 2K Games also said that it is “looking forward to the commercial launch of Civilization Online in Korea during this fiscal year”, another game that is highly unlikely to launch in western territories.
A sad fate for the 2K China studio and Borderlands Online, a game that could probably work nicely if given proper resources and a release in North America.