According to sources, PlayStation All-Stars developer SuperBot Entertainment was hit with lay offs yesterday. It was first reported by Insomniac developer Mike Birkhead through his Twitter account where he commented, “Lay offs at SuperBot. When it rains it pours.” IGN later tried to reach Sony for comment, and a spokesperson provided them with the following statement.
“SCEA can confirm that SuperBot Entertainment did make a reduction in their workforce today. The studio and SCEA remain committed to supporting PlaysStation All-Stars Battle Royale post launch, including developing the title’s forthcoming DLC releases in the coming months. The first character pack (including Kat from Gravity Rush and Emmett Graves from Starhawk) will be available for download on February 12 and will be free for the first two weeks. We’ll be sharing news of additional upcoming content soon.”
As of today, Sony has not reported any sales numbers from PS All-Stars, however, the game is speculated to have underperformed to expectation. Sony too did not report how many people were laid off and the nature of it. Birkhead on the other hand later confirmed through his Twitter account that around 20 people lost their jobs.
It’s sad to see things like these happen. We can only hope the best for those affected.