After dropping off the radar for several months, Transformers Universe is reportedly in a "precarious position" following a round of layoffs at UK-based studio Jagex.
A source close to the Transformers Universe project has told Eurogamer.net that the team has been shaken up by a change in technology, from proprietary in-house tech to an established engine, with many at the studio doubting that the quality of the game can survive a total rebuild in less than six months. Apparently this move has resulted in the layoffs of tech development staff, which has been confirmed by Jagex in an official statement.
"Having reviewed the remaining work required for the upcoming Transformers Universe launch we have made the decision to scale the development team back slightly," Jagex told Eurogamer.
"We have always been committed to developing the highest quality games and services and are confident that this reduction will not adversely impact the game. The vast majority of the Transformers studio will be unaffected by this move. On a positive note a significant portion of the talent potentially effected have already been reallocated to support the upcoming release of RuneScape 3 in HTML 5 and the RuneScape 3 on tablets project slated for the end of the year. Regrettably we have not been able to find suitable roles for 13 members of the team who will be leaving the studio later this month.
"We will be revealing more details about the game on www.transformersuniverse.com shortly."
We previously reported that a beta for Transformers Universe was "not far away"... back in 2011.