After yesterday’s brief Twitter scare, Warner Bros. Interactive has since come forward to confirm that there have been lay-offs at Warner Bros. Seattle studios, the collective name joining Monolith Productions (F.E.A.R), Snowblind (LOTR: War in the North), and Surreal Software (The Suffering). Warner Bros. issued the following statement:
Due to shifting business imperatives, WB Games Seattle has made staff reductions. The group will continue to remain an integral part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
WB Seattle Studios are currently the driving force behind Lord of the Rings-inspired MOBA, Guardians of Middle Earth. Aside from that, there is no confirmation of any other titles in production.
At a guess, we’d assume that Warner Bros. is starting to shift away from high-risk big budget titles, focusing more on its digital division. With studios such as Rocksteady, NetherRealm, and Telltale in tow, they still have a constant chain of heavy-hitters. F.E.A.R 3 and War in the North were both good games though, in terms of sales, we suspect last year’s Arkham City and the recent chart-topping LEGO Batman 2 have outstripped them considerably.
For all we know, Warner Bros. is currently cramming its pipeline with promising new IPs from its Seattle studios, though the recent focus on digital games which started with Gotham City Impostors may suggest otherwise.
Either way, we hope those left out of a job find new placements soon/