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Hi-Fi Rush Studio Shutdown / Tango Gameworks Shutdown

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Updated May 09, 2024 at 04:57PM EDT by Zach.

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Overview

Hi-Fi Rush Studio Shutdown or Tango Gameworks Shutdown refers to the closure of the video game company Tango Gameworks, the studio behind the acclaimed 2023 game Hi-Fi Rush. The shutdown was announced in early May 2024 by Microsoft's Xbox Game Studios Chief Matt Booty, who also shuttered three other Bethesda Studios at the time, claiming the decision was “grounded in prioritizing high-impact titles and further investing in Bethesda’s portfolio of blockbuster games." The news sparked outrage among Hi-Fi Rush's fans, who mourned studio closure on Twitter / X, TikTok and Reddit, among other sites.

Background

On May 7th, 2024, Xbox Game Studios Chief Matt Booty announced the closure of Hi-Fi Rush developer Tango Gameworks and three other Bethesda Studios in a memo to Microsoft staff. According to Variety,[1] Booty wrote that the studios' shutdown was “grounded in prioritizing high-impact titles and further investing in Bethesda’s portfolio of blockbuster games and beloved worlds which you have nurtured over many decades.” Additionally, he added, “We are making these tough decisions to create capacity to increase investment in other parts of our portfolio and focus on our priority games.”

IGN[2] uploaded a video commenting on the Bethesda Studios' shutdown on May 7th, which received more than 35,000 views and 820 likes in a day (seen below).



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Tango Gameworks Statement

After Microsft announced the immediate shutdown of Tango Gameworks on May 7th, 2024, the company shared a brief statement on X[7] / Twitter, writing, "Thank you to everyone that explored the worlds we created." The post (shown below) received roughly 79,000 likes and 24,000 reposts in a day.


Today it was announced that Tango Gameworks will close. Thank you to everyone that explored the worlds we created. Hi-Fi RUSH along with Tango's previous titles will remain available and playable everywhere they are today.

Hi-Fi Rush Sequel

A Bloomberg[3] report posted on May 8th, 2024, revealed that Tango Gameworks was in the process of pitching a Hi-Fi Rush sequel and tried to hire additional staff before its sudden closure. That same day, X[4] user @Wario64 posted part of Bloomberg's article commenting on the reported sequel plans (shown below), which amassed more than 17,000 likes and 3,800 reposts in less than a day.


Wario64 @Wario64 Follow X "Tango was in the process of pitching a Hi-Fi Rush sequel, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing nonpublic information." Jason Schreier @jasonschreier NEW: - Xbox still isn't done cutting costs, sent voluntary buyout offers to some Zenimax staff - Why were Arkane Austin and Tango Gameworks closed? Bad timing, perhaps - Activision purchase has ramped up scrutiny on Xbox And much more - here's my latest: bloomberg.com/news/articles/... 5:08 PM - May 8, 2024

Online Reactions

Hi-Fi Rush's fans mourned the studio's shutdown on social media, sparking a series of tributes and fan art in support of Tango Gameworks. For example, on May 8th, 2024, X[5] user @Dreweyes posted a fan art inspired by the game (seen below, left), pairing it with the "RIP caption, which received roughly 7,900 likes and 1,400 reposts in less than a day.

On May 7th, X[6] user @RealAlexMouse recalled the irony of Hi-Fi Rush's plot about "teaming up to take down a megacorporation and Tango Gameworks just got shutdown." The tweet (seen below, right) garnered over 17,000 likes and 2,800 reposts in a day.


dreweyes @Dreweyes Follow Official Hi-Fi RUSH illustration I made last year. RIP @HiFiRUSH @TangoGameworks HI- RUSH X 5:01 PM - May 7, 2024 Alex the Mouse @RealAlexMouse. Follow It's ironic how the plot of Hi-Fi Rush is that it's about teaming up to take down a megacorporation and Tango Gameworks just got shutdown Congrats Microsoft, You proved the game right KORSICA ROQUEF MIMOSA ZANZO с KALE 4:50 PM May 7, 2024 X

The Hi-Fi Rush Reddit channel received several memes and posts from enraged fans. For example, on May 8th, 2024, Redditor[8] Low_Fruit_7316 posted a screenshot of the game accompanied by the caption "Goodbye, Hi-Fi Rush" (seen below, left), which garnered more than 200 upvotes and 14 comments in less than a day.

On the same day, Redditor[9] Party-Organization-9 compared the line from the game "I don't care about passion. I care about PROFITS" with Microsoft's decision to close Tango Gameworks. The post (seen below, right) received over 1,100 upvotes and 60 comments in less than a day.


r/HiFiRush ⚫ 8 hr. ago Low_Fruit_7316 Goodbye, Hi-Fi Rush Media How it feels being a fan of this game rn BIGGER SEB-AAA This world is sick, dark, sad. ... r/HiFiRush 1 day ago Party-Organization-9 Look guys, look, it's Microsoft. Humor ... I don't care about passion. I care about PROFITS.

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