Empire Interactive who held the publishing rights for both ‘Double Dragon’ and ‘Speedball 2′ on the Xbox Live Arcade has now officially gone into administration which a business process before bankruptcy. Both games have been removed from the marketplace and it is unlikely that they will return. A further upcoming third title ‘Pipe Mania’ has also been cancelled.
Both games were released in 2007 with ‘Double Dragon’ selling well at 400 MS Points and whilst Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe for 800 MS Points was not selling so good - they are no longer available for purchase. Empire Interactive also had Pipe Mania in development for Xbox Live Arcade but as Empire and the development studio are now going bust, it can now be considered scrapped.
All of Empires Intellectual Property rights were purchased by Zoo Games, or Zushi Games as they are also known and it is believed the rights will be sold on and returned to the original games developers of both titles.
Will anyone see this as a loss to the Xbox Live Arcade?