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Rumour: Layoffs At PlayStation All-Stars Developer

SuperBot looking to cut back?

Unfortunately we’re in for another rather depressing bout of layoffs at a developer. This time they’re coming from SuperBot, developers of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. We rather enjoyed the game, rating it at 9/10, but it didn’t seem to do too well at retails, dropping out of the UK charts after just one week.

These layoffs haven’t been formerly announced though, and there’s a chance that it may all just be a miscommunication. The news came via Mike Birkhead’s twitter account. He’s a designer over at Insomniac, and presumably knows some of those affected by the layoffs.

When asked about the number of employees that could be losing their jobs, he responded that it would be around twenty.

If the reports from Birkhead to prove to be true it would be rather unfortunate, coming after a single game from the studio. However, it’s unclear whether these are inspired by hard times, or simply come as the company winds down a little after their first project. With character and stage DLC set to release soon it may simply be that a lot of the technical work is now completed and SuperBot can’t afford to keep as many people on right now.

Interestingly, the careers page of their website says their still looking to fill several roles, including Lead Designer and Art Director. Those are typically the type of roles you fill when you’re looking to expand a studio, rather than laying off staff.

Whatever the situation is at SuperBot our sympathies go out to any employees affected by the layoffs, and we hope they’ll be able to find new work as soon as possible. Given the way the development community tends to rally around in hard times, as has been seen during the recent uncertainty at THQ, anyone let go by SuperBot should hopefully be back on their feet soon.

  1. Alex C
    One for all.
    Since: Forever

    All-Stars is at least technically sound, and the Vita version is great. SuperBot are capable of big things IMO. Until we know what the positions are it’s hard to say, but hopefully those affected find their feet soon.

    Comment posted on 25/01/2013 at 21:09.
  2. bmg_123
    Since: Feb 2012

    Well I think this was bound to happen considering the sales; I bought PSABR this week, in fact.

    Comment posted on 25/01/2013 at 21:12.
  3. avengerrr
    Since: Oct 2012

    What’s with all the rumours TSA?

    Comment posted on 25/01/2013 at 21:32.
  4. Taylor Made
    Since: Oct 2011

    No offense but Sony ate the worst company to stay exclusive too lately sending companies to their death RIP free radical, wipeout dudes, socom dudes now some bots dudes lol

    Comment posted on 25/01/2013 at 21:44.
  5. Awayze
    Since: Jul 2010

    It’s their fault for selling a game that gamers don’t want.

    Comment posted on 25/01/2013 at 21:56.
  6. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    Superbot are still advertising about 15 vacant positions on their website so I dont think they are closing, just getting rid of staf they dont need for the next project, which is normal for the industry

    Comment posted on 25/01/2013 at 22:02.
  7. XisTG
    Since: May 2010

    Bought the game on today’s January deal, really enjoyable, even though the whole menu of the game seems dated by a decade or so.

    Comment posted on 25/01/2013 at 22:21.
  8. Erroneus
    Wanted "Trophy Hunter" but was too late.
    Since: May 2009

    This could easily be game testers and freelancer / temporary graphic artists. This is quite normal for a game company after a game release.

    Comment posted on 25/01/2013 at 22:25.
  9. colmshan1990
    Since: Apr 2009

    If they’ve currently got vacancies they’re looking to fill it sounds more like restructuring for their next project than real studio problems, but I don’t really know anything about what goes on behind the scenes in game studios.

    PSASBR was a game I was very sceptical of until my sister got me the PS3 version for Christmas (free Vita version included) and it blew me away. Most fun I’ve had in a game that polished for a long time.

    I haven’t had a chance to play it much lately but now I’m tempted to go grab the Vita again…

    Comment posted on 25/01/2013 at 23:25.
  10. Quag
    Since: May 2012

    Just bought ps all stars and it’s the most fun i’ve had online in ages, Also it’s on sale for £17.99 on the psn store till the 28th so it’s a bargain atm. :)

    Comment posted on 26/01/2013 at 00:23.
    • psychobudgie
      Since: Nov 2009

      I just bought it at the knock down £17.99 PS plus price and it’s an absolute hoot. I just think it was released at the wrong time. It was going up against Far Cry 3, BO2 and AC3. They should have held off a couple of months.

      Comment posted on 26/01/2013 at 09:10.

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