Obsidian hit with project cancellations, layoffs

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Screw you guys, I'm going home.

It looks like RPG maker Obsidian is the latest established company to feel the sting of the current dodgy economic climate. According to a report on Joystiq, a project cancellation at the company – reportedly a Microsoft published title – has lead to layoffs.

"Another project canceled, this time for a future next-gen project and the layoffs impacted that team, plus the existing South Park team," a source told Joystiq. "Approximately 20-30 people from all disciplines, including one person who started yesterday, as well as one who started last week."

Job for a day? That’s got to sting. The cancelled project was apparently code-named “North Carolina,” and was set to be a Microsoft exclusive for the next-generation of console hardware – but apparently the Redmond based company doesn’t like having exclusives. According to Obsidian’s forums, numerous people who’re now former Obsidian staffers were working on South Park RPG, though the title’s not been affected and is still being developed.

Last Updated: March 15, 2012

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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