Some unfortunate news here, as development team Lucky Frame, creators of Bad Hotel, Nightmare Co-operative and Gentlemen, has disbanded.
“Lucky Frame is no longer working on any games,” writes founder Yann Seznec in a blog post announcement, “and won’t be releasing anything in the foreseeable future.”
The 100,000 selling Bad Hotel was probably the studio's most prominent release, described as “an insane hybrid of a tower defense game and a procedural music toy”. Turn-based roguelike The Nightmare Co-operative followed on, but sold a slightly underwhelming 7,000 copies.
“What is important,” writes Seznec, “is that with very few exceptions, for three years we were uncompromising about the games we wanted to make, we made them as well as we possibly could, and we marketed them to the best of our ability. While we didn’t make very much money, I think anyone who has worked in any creative field will agree that making enough to cover your costs and continue creating is a massive success. We certainly felt that way.”
So what next for the team? All Seznec will say is that he's “incredibly excited and motivated” to start work on future projects. Meanwhile, designer Jonathan Brodsky has moved back to the USA to freelance, and illustrator Sean McIlroy has moved on to work with Blazing Griffin in Edinburgh.