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Many have been wondering as of late about the status of Yoshiki Okamoto's studio. His greatest claim to fame to this very day still is his producer credit on Street Fighter 2. Perhaps inspired by that game’s designer, Akira Nishitani, who left Capcom to form Arika, Okamoto would eventually establish his own independent production company. Game Republic's first effort was Genji: Dawn of the Samurai for the PS2, and while hardly brilliant, it still represented a solid and promising start for an outfit that many had high hopes for. Though what followed were nothing special, and in some cases not very good.

Kotaku first gave everyone on this side of the ocean the head's up as it pertained to Okamoto's reversal of fortune, by highlighting recent blog posts that have been frankly depressing, especially for someone who was basically a rock star among his peers. And today we have word via Siliconera that its website is gone and the office is vacant.

Depressing news to say the least. Like many, I wanted to enjoy Game Republic's offerings, but just couldn't. And much like Eastern Mind's Bruno de Figueiredo, last year's Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom was seemingly their last chance at greatness, which they totally blew, with all interest in whatever they had to offer quietly fading away as a result.