I have to admit, I’m getting pretty tired writing about industry layoffs as I’m sure you’re just as tired reading them. It’s never a fun topic writing about more people losing their jobs especially with the year 2013 has been. With that said, news is news and it’s my unofficial job to bring that to you, so here it goes. While I understand layoffs are a normal part of the industry, I hope this is the last time I need to mention it for a long while.
High Moon Studios, the folks behind the excellent Transformer games and the upcoming Deadpool game, lost 40 full-time employees as their work on Deadpool has completed. Not much additional information was given from Activision only saying that High Moon is taking a reduction in staff to “better align” their development talent against their slate. The employees have also been offered outplacement counseling services. Talk about motivation to finish a game, right?
The next casualty comes out of the corporate restructuring that Square Enix announced last week after also saying that Tomb Raider did not meet projections. Sales data however would point to the contrary and most companies would be extremely happy with the numbers Tomb Raider has been selling. It seems crazy sales projections strike again. While Square Enix Los Angeles didn’t directly have any development in Tomb Raider, they have been affected by the lofty sales expectations that Square Enix set. At the time of this article, the specified number of employees affected by the layoffs at the LA studio have not been released. On a somewhat brighter note, they have been offered assistance and severance packages.
As always, I want to offer my condolences to those who have been affected and wish them all the best in what’s next for them. Sorry for the depressing news everyone, I promise tomorrow we’ll have more fun.