It would be a great world if all the news related to gaming was positive and cheery. Unfortunately the reality is that gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry and is equally susceptible to the scary things other companies and industries face. For the unfortunate souls at Monolith, Surreal, and Snowblind Studios that have been or are getting laid off, that reality is very stark. Their parent company Warner Bros. has confirmed the layoffs through an effort to realign their resources.
“We are committed to growing Warner Bros. in the game space and will be retaining robust teams in our Seattle studios. We have been moving towards sharing certain resources across the studios and have also been reallocating resources to align talent with our development needs,” a statement from Warner Bros. reads, which goes on to explain that evaluating resources is what led to the layoffs, “Unfortunately, we had a few too many resources in certain functions and some positions were eliminated in this process. Our plan is to continually review staffing needs and as future projects evolve we would expect to see the studios grow.” So while the chopping block is clear for now, it appears that future layoffs could be looming on the horizon.
With the exception of Surreal who’s developing their ever delayed This is Vegas, and Monolith, rumored to be developing F.E.A.R. 3, what the studios are working on is unknown.