Fresh off the back of the goings on over at Bizarre Creations, Activision has confirmed that Budcat, known for their work on the Guitar Hero franchise, has been closed:
“We continue to streamline our music development resources to ensure that they are aligned against our slate and strategic goals.
As a result, we are implementing a targeted reduction in jobs in our Quality Assurance team in California and closing our Budcat studio in Iowa. Budcat has been a great partner to Activision and has created a lasting impact on the Guitar Hero franchise.
Approximately 88 positions, or approximately 1 percent of our global workforce, will be impacted by these reductions. We are working to redirect those employees that are impacted to other parts of the company where possible, as well as offering them outplacement counseling services.”
There were also rumblings that LucasArts were handing out P45s, which have since been confirmed:
“LucasArts recently made a minor adjustment in staffing to help us better address the needs of the business. We remain committed to our internal studio – and to fostering relationships with trusted external partners – in order to deliver quality games that amaze and inspire fans.”