Former Tony Hawk developer Neversoft has been hit too, with 50 devs being let go. Acti "continually evaluates its resources " they state.
Luxoflux developed True Crime's first two games, as well as the Kung Fu Panda games for publisher Activision. Obviously they didn't do well enough for the big bosses. Around 55 people have been made redundant according tosources.
Another 50 have been axed from the former Tony Hawk studio Neversoft, who now handle Guitar Hero since Harmonix's departure. This would be in line with Acti's decision to ship just 10 Guitar Hero and DJ Hero titles this year, instead of 2009's 25 SKUs.
Activision issued a statement.
"Activision Publishing continually evaluates its resources to ensure that they are properly matched against its product slate and strategic goals. In 2010, the company's sku count will be smaller than in 2009 driven in part, by a decrease in the number of music-based games we will be releasing," they said.
"As we discussed on our earnings conference call yesterday, we are directing our resources against the largest and most profitable business segments, and as part of this initiative, we are realigning our resources to better reflect our slate and the market opportunities. At the same time, we are increasing our digital/online capabilities as we expect that digital/online will continue to become a more meaningful part of our business model in the years ahead."
Prototype developer Radical Entertainment has also suffered some staff losses, which have been white washed too with corporate speak. Hang in there guys!
Rumour-mill: Activision close Luxoflux, Neversoft shed 50 staffers
12 February 2010 | By Simon Priest