Layoffs are a sad reality of the gaming industry. When a project wraps up there are sometimes too many developers under a roof for a studio to support while thy figure out what to do next. This happens nearly every day, and yesterday Sucker Punch was the studio letting people go.
Sucker Punch is known for the development of the InFamous franchise, with Second Son being released on PS4 earlier this year. The studio has been working on a standalone expansion, First Light, which is set to launch very soon. It comes as no surprise then that they’ve now laid off some of their staff.
SCEA confirmed the news yesterday, with the typical “thanks for the hard work” response:
SCEA can confirm a reduction in workforce has taken place at Sucker Punch Productions. Sucker Punch is appreciative of the tremendous work team members contributed to the inFAMOUS and Sly Cooper series, and wishes them the best in their next endeavors.
It seems like developers from the old Sly Cooper team have also been affected, which is interesting considering Sucker Punch haven’t made a new title in that franchise since 2005.
Layoffs come with the job in the AAA industry, and developers are well aware of the risks. Still, its always sad to see hard working individuals lose their jobs and we hope that those affected find another home very soon.
Last Updated: August 20, 2014
August 20, 2014 at 09:19
Well if there is nothing big in the making then you have idle staff… I am glad I didn’t go the path of game developer. I swear apple pickers have more stable work!
August 20, 2014 at 11:09
Not to get off topic, but…
Screw it. Completely off topic: Any news on Gavin’s woes legal woes? I thought that all should have been finalised on the 11th?
Does no news mean good news? Or that he’s been prevented from blobbing about Colonic Irrigation completely?
C’mon! Enough with the antici…