It’s been just two weeks since Warner Bros. purchased developer/publisher Midway Games, and the impact of the acquisition is already hitting home in a very real way. Develop has confirmed that Midway Newcastle (Wheelman, Test Drive) has been shut down.
Evidently, Midway CEO Matt Booty made a personal appearance at the studio to deliver the news to the Newcastle team, although that probably didn't make it any easier to hear. On the other hand, the closure wasn't a total surprise either. Midway Newcastle wasn't included in Warner Bros.' acquisition, and the studio was given 10 days to find a buyer before it was closed for good.
Midway San Diego was also left on the table following the acquisition; however it was given 60 days to secure a buyer, giving it a bit more breathing room (but not much). I'm currently waiting to hear back from both studios about today’s announcement, so stay tuned.