Starhawk Developer Hit By Layoffs
It appears that Nihilistic are not the only ones with ideas of heading into the mobile gaming scene, as it was announced today that Lightbox Entertainment would be making an iOS game for their next release. The news was announced as it was revealed that the studio would be laying off 24 of its staff as a result of the change of direction.
In a statement to Game Informer, studio president Dylan Jobe explained the switch in focus, as well as the redundancies.
Too often in our industry, people are "let-go" with no warning, no severance, no time at all to prepare their portfolios. It's actually quite terrible. That's NOT how we run things here at LightBox Interactive. The whole reason for me informing my team of lay-offs before they happen is so they have time to prepare. Collect stuff for their portfolios, capture screen shots or video -- the stuff that helps people land on their feet. All 24 employees were also given a severance package.
Why the lay-offs? Well, as you know... the industry is changing. We are moving away from traditional console development to self-fund the development of our next game on Apple's iOS devices.
Sony Santa Monica will be picking up the reins of Starhawk by providing updates for the game, Sony has confirmed, belaying fears that Lightbox’s announcement would mean a premature death for the title.
It may well be a coincidence, but two studios with strong ties to Sony going into mobile gaming development scene, on the same day? It’s a curious turn of events, to be sure. [Game Informer]