Take-Two Considering Layoffs at Venom Games
Following an earlier report that Venom Games would be closed at the end of July, Take-Two has confirmed to Next-Gen that it is currently considering making layoffs at 2K Games’ only UK-based development studio.
Earlier on Thursday we reported, via our sister site CVG, that Take-Two might be about to shut Newcastle-based Venom Games, which has been responsible for Rocky: Legends on Xbox and PS2 and the Xbox 360 versions of Prey and Don King’s Prizefighter.
Take-Two, which acquired Venom in 2004, has now confirmed that it is examining the possibility of cutting staff at the studio, although it didn’t confirm whether or not a complete studio closure could be in the works.
“We are assessing the role of Venom Games in Take-Two’s overall global studio system and are in a consultation with the employees of Venom in relation to possible redundancies at the studio,” read a statement from the company.
“No final decision will be made until after the consultation with employees,” it added.
As far as we are aware, Venom Games hasn’t announced that it is working on a new project following the release of Prizefighter, but the studio’s website is currently advertising for programmers, as well as animators for work on a next-gen sports title.
We’ve requested further details from Take-Two and will update the story with any response we receive.