Raven Software Hit By Layoffs
Activision has confirmed that it has made a number of layoffs at subsidiary Raven Software, the developer of Wolfenstein and Singularity.
According to unconfirmed reports, the job cuts number between 30 and 56 out of a previous total of 180 staff. However, in a prepared statement, Activision played down the severity of the cutbacks.
“With the recent completion of both X-Men Origins Wolverine, based on the summer blockbuster movie, and Wolfenstein, the next chapter of the famed franchise, Raven Software is slightly reducing its workforce to better reflect the studio’s upcoming slate,” the publisher said.
Kotaku sources suggest that the layoffs were due to an over-budget and under-performing Wolfenstein and the delay of Singularity, while Shacknews reports that severance packages and placement support have been offered to the affected staff.
Last week UK-based Endrant Studios was forced to make a number of layoffs following the completion of its work on the multiplayer components of Wolfenstein.