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More evidence surfaces that points to developer Skip shuttering (UPDATE)

Skipping out

Back in October 2019, we took a look at developer Skip, who worked on the Chibi-Robo series. There were rumblings that the developer was in trouble, and unfortunately, there's now even more evidence to indicate that.

First up, Skip's official website is no longer up-and-running. You get an error message when trying to visit. Second, Skip's CEO has removed the Skip website URL from his Twitter bio, which certainly doesn't seem like a good thing. Third, the placard for Skip's studio has been removed from the building where their offices were.

While things were looking quite bad for Skip last year, the evidence found recently makes it all but certain that Skip has officially shuttered.

Thanks to Benjamin for the heads up!

UPDATE - It's worth noting that the officail website can still be visited if you use the IP address, but not through the regular web address.

Categories: General News
Tags: chibi-robo

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First AlphaDream and now Skip. Damn this sucks we lost Mario & Luigi and now we are for sure losing Chibi-Robo. Zip Lash was the killing blow but this seems like the nail in the coffin. Hopefully no more Nintendo partners go under.

socar
Wed Aug 05 20 12:56am
Rating: 1

Well Kensuke Tanabe already said that if Zip Lash didn't do well, then the series is like done for.

If its one thing that Skip and Alphadream have suffered from, its milking one IP and not making any dent of that. Had they ventured to newer IPs, they might have had a better chance.

Contrary to a lot of people, I liked Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash. I'm glad I was able to get the bundle with the Chibi-Robo amiibo.

It's sad that the series may be no more.

I agree, Zip Lash was fun for what it was. I was hoping the series might get another entry, but I guess not. Sad

Skip seemed to want to salvage the chibi robo franchise with Zip Lash by trying something "more mainstream" like a platformer. Obviously Nintendo had say in the creative direction the game took, but its very clear that Skip was highly involved with the pitch, Nintendo wasn't forcing them to make the game. Skip had already started to lose focus with the downloadable 3DS game as well. Skip themselves had full control in the direction that led them here.

NoA had not been eager to localize more niche games in the late 2000s, but by the 2010s they would have been fully ready to localize their stuff, but it seems by then Skip had themselves decided to not be ready...

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