With the recent THQ news still fresh in our minds, sadly, I’m afraid I have more layoffs to report. This time, Superbot Entertainment, the group behind the beat-em-up Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, has gone through a reduction in workforce.
News of the downsizing first hit Twitter when Insomniac Developer, Mike Birkhead, basically came out and revealed the news saying, “Layoffs at Superbot. When it rains, it pours.” Rumor has it that 20 people were let go but there’s no official word. Sony has gone on record to confirm the downsizing at the studio but hasn’t given any additional information outside of what is known. Here is their official statement:
“SCEA can confirm that SuperBot Entertainment did make a reduction in their workforce today. The studio and SCEA remain committed to supporting PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale post launch, including developing the title’s forthcoming DLC releases in the coming months. The first character pack (including Kat from Gravity Rush and Emmett Graves from Starhawk) will be available for download on February 12 and will be free for the first two weeks. We’ll be sharing news of additional upcoming content soon.”
While I found the game to be pretty fun, it seems that many gamers have passed over the product. According to reports, the game isn’t selling well even dropping in price a month after launch. Through all of this though Sony has commented saying that the sales numbers were “right on target with expectations.” So who knows the actual truth.
DLC for the game is scheduled to hit on February 12 (as stated above) and will be free for the first two weeks. I’d like to think it’s safe to assume more DLC is on the way, but with this recent news and the slower than expected sales, you just never know. While it’s not uncommon for studios to let workers go after a game ships, especially the contract workers, it’s still something you don’t like to see. I wish those affected all the best.