The developer of one of Sony’s biggest titles of 2012 – Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale – has been hit with layoffs.
Word of the layoffs at the California- based studio broke out after Insomniac Games’ Mike Birkhead tweeted about them, commenting “Layoffs at SuperBot. When it rains, it pours”. In a later tweet regarding the layoffs he indicated the number of people affected by the layoffs was somewhere around the twenty mark.
Sony quickly issued a statement to videogames website Polygon confirming that “SuperBot Entertainment did make a reduction in their workforce today”. Sony followed up by assuring gamers “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” and promising that the games first character pack (set to include Kat from Gravity Rush and Starhawk’s Emmett Graves) will be available for download on the 12th of February and confirming that the DLC will be free for all players to download for two weeks following its release.
With the auction and closure of THQ earlier in the week numerous studies have been hit with layoffs and restructuring but the news that the developer of one of Sony’s highest profile games of last years holiday season has taken many by surprise. The franchise-crossing fighting game has received generally positive reviews from critics but with word of layoffs surfacing, it’s quite possible the game may not be selling as well as Sony had hoped or expected it would.