Just one day after Activision Blizzard
admitted to a large financial loss for its last fiscal quarter, the publisher did some quick cost cutting to save some money. Unfortunately it looks like those actions will cost a number of Activision game developers their jobs. Gamasutra reports via unnamed sources that 90 members of Radical Entertainment
have been laid off. The developer created the open world action game Prototype
which was a solid hit for the publisher in June 2009.
In addition, Neversoft
has also reportedly been hit with large layoffs. Two more internal Activision game developers, Luxoflux
and Underground Development, reportedly are shutting down entirely. It was founded in 1997 and was bought by Activision in 2002. Various web sites got an official response from Activision after the internet rumors hit but the company did not directly admit to the layoffs saying only that, " . . we are realigning our resources to better reflect our slate and the market opportunities." One wonders why Activision failed to announced these layoffs during their financial conference call on Wednesday.