The developer of upcoming tactical shooter Ready or Not has announced it’s no longer working with publisher Team 17 on the project.
Void Interactive published a statement to Twitter on the move, as spotted by NME. “Void Interactive and Team 17 have mutually agreed that Team 17 will no longer publish Ready or Not. We are confident that this is the right path for the future of Ready or Not, and we thank Team 17 for their partnership and wish them great success with their spectrum of games!”
A follow-up tweet added the following. “We also would like to reassure everyone that we are committed to our vision of Ready or Not as a hardcore tactical shooter. We are continually scanning player feedback and will be rolling out frequent patches/updates over the coming weeks and months.”
The split was also confirmed by Team 17 in a statement given to Kotaku. “We wish the team at Void Interactive all the best for the future and the continued development of the game. [We] have [no] further comment on it at the moment.”
Neither party would divulge the reasons for the break-up. However, fans have speculated it may be related to a developer comment in a thread on Reddit. The response was made to a thread entitled “Should Ready or Not have a school shooting mission in the campaign?” Going under the handle ‘Gruntr’ the member of the team wrote ‘”You better believe it’s gonna.”
Ready or Not has been billed as an “intense, tactical first-person shooter” in which you play as a SWAT police unit. The concept is, of course, similar to the SWAT series of shooters by Irrational Games with the last game in that series SWAT 4 releasing in 2005. Ready or Not is currently in early access on PC.
VOID Interactive and Team17 have mutually agreed that Team17 will no longer publish Ready or Not. We are confident that this is the right path for the future of Ready or Not, and we thank Team17 for their partnership and wish them great success with their spectrum of games!
— VOID Interactive (@VOIDInteractive) December 20, 2021