According to an article on MMORPG the developers of the upcoming online shooting game Firefall, Red 5 Studios, today suffered an unexpected and major reduction in staff with surprise layoffs across the board. It is currently unclear what impact this will have on the potential Western release of the science-fiction MMO but it’s not looking great.
According to the official website and social media channels, Firefall is still in active development although recent updates have been few and far between. An update on the original article sees a statement from an anonymous employee who was part of the layoffs at Red 5 Studios.
The cuts were from basically every department and didn’t follow any kind of rhyme or reason, and they definitely weren’t performance based. Aside from myself, we lost several leads, seniors, and people who’d been with the company a really long time. In total, I’d say between 20 and 25% of the studio lost their job in the cuts.
Honestly, they asked us to remake the game in a year, including doing full development on 22 instanced missions and an overhaul of every major system, using art assets from 2008. I don’t know what they expected to happen. Everything that’s going wrong with Firefall isn’t from a lack of talent or passion on behalf of the dev team – it’s corporate mismanagement.”Anonymous Red 5 Studios Employee
An apparently poor launch in the East, unexpected layoffs of key staff members, Firefall’s future is looking bleak.