Around "100 jobs are at risk," said the source. Disney has since confirmed a "reduction of its workforce" at the Brighton-based dev, internal to Disney studios.
"It seems Disney have been unable to provide us with a project to work on, and our concept pitches clearly haven't gone down well (despite there being many of them)," said a source within the studio.
"The inactive portion of the studio has been expecting redundancies for months, so this doesn't come as a surprise to anyone. It's sad that it's come to this of course, but for many people they'll be quite happy to take the money and go, as they've been sitting around doing nothing for months." Around 100 jobs "are at risk," they claimed.
Disney has issued a statement: "Disney Interactive Studios confirms a reduction of its workforce from its Brighton-based internal game development studio, Black Rock Studios. The studio will continue its work on its current project."
It appears another UK studio is close to being on the ropes. Activision tried to find a buyer for Bizarre Creations but ultimately failed leading to its closure. At least Black Rock Studios gets to keep its doors open and working albeit with a smaller project.