Disintegration developer V1 Interactive shuts down

9 months after the studio launched its launching video game, Disintegration, designer V1 Interactive is closing down. The studio revealed its closure Monday through Twitter, thanking V1 Interactive’s personnel and its fans.

On its site, V1 Interactive explained itself as a little business, and included a personnel image with 27 members.

V1 Interactive was established by Marcus Lehto and was formally revealed 2016, after striking an offer with Take-Two Interactive’s indie-focused label Personal Department. Lehto was a veteran of Halo and Fate designer Bungie, where he functioned as art director on the early Halo video games and innovative director on Halo: Reach. At V1 Interactive, he was president and innovative director.

In summer season 2019, V1 Interactive revealed its very first video game, Distintegration, a sci-fi first-person shooter with real-time technique components. Distintegration boasted a complete single-player story project and a “huge” multiplayer element. It was launched on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One in June 2020 to blended reaction. In our hands-on impressions of the video game, we stated, “Disintegration features some interesting ideas, but never learns how to get out of its own way long enough to let me enjoy them.”

A couple of months later on, V1 Interactive revealed that Distintegration’s multiplayer mode would be taken offline.

“While our player base showed interest in the single player campaign, the game unfortunately struggled to build a significant audience necessary for a compelling multiplayer experience,” the designer stated. “After weighing options, we have collectively made the decision to sunset the multiplayer support.”

Disintegration went offline in November 2020.

On Twitter, the studio stated in its closure statement:

We are unfortunate to notify you that V1 Interactive is formally closing.

We wish to thank all the skilled individuals at V1, both previous and present, who assisted make the last 5 years fantastic.

And a wholehearted thanks to the remarkable neighborhood that supported us.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.