Another famous Austin game developer was shut down this week. Originally Ion Storm was the John Romero studio that created Daikatana, but it later went on to great fame with Warren Spector's Deus Ex and Thief: Deadly Shadows games. However, Spector left the company several months ago, a short time after much of his development team for Thief was let go. With that in mind, the final closure of the studio is not completely surprising. GameSpot has some additional insight on the matter. NCSoft, Sony Online Entertainment and other organizations still maintain strong Austin presences however, and it'll be interesting to see how all the veteran programmers and designers will once again re-gel in the region to create something new.