Wrapping up development of your video game should be a huge cause for celebration, not the need for a pink slip. However, the folks behind the Deadpool video game have now found themselves without a job upon the completion of their Marvel Comic adaptation.
About 40 members making up a majority of High Moon Studios have been let go by Activision, as confirmed in a statement to Kotaku.
“Activision Publishing consistently works to align its costs with its revenues – this is an ongoing process. With the completion of development on Deadpool, we are taking a reduction in staff at High Moon Studios to better align our development talent against our slate. Approximately, 40 full-time employees will be impacted globally. We are offering those employees who are impacted outplacement counseling services.”
High Moon Studios also develops the Transformers games for Activision, so it is unknown how the layoffs will be affecting that franchise.
This is the third major reported job loss to hit the video game industry today following the layoffs at Square Enix’s Los Angeles offices and the shuttering of LucasArts by Disney. Only two days into the new business year and already bad news is raining down. I hope this is not a sign of things to come for the year.
Deadpool will be released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this summer. Activision has not confirmed a solid release date yet.