Aliens: Colonial Marines developer Timegate lays off 25 staff

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By on March 6, 2013 at 12:40 pm

In the wake of an impressively poor critical reception for Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox’s outsourced-developer Timegate have issued layoffs affecting around 25 of their staff.

Speaking to Polygon, TimeGate president Adel Chavele said that “today, we had to make the difficult decision to let go of some great game developers. This is never easy, and we’re doing all we can to assist those developers affected.”

“TimeGate is preparing, as is the entire industry, for the transition to next-generation consoles and new business models. As part of this reinvention, all projects and strategic initiatives continue to move forward at the studio.”

Polygon is reporting that an internal source claims the layoffs are related to a publishing contract falling through — which many are speculating is likely connected to the poor reception of Colonial Marines.

Source: Polygon

10 comments (Leave your own)

The game is finished, they don’t need them any more, that’s how contracts work in the gaming industry.

 

Aye as it says if the next game was going to get funded you’d keep them on but now no one wants to touch the company.

 

I imagine it would be rather tough for those folk now.

Employer: “So what was your last major project?”

Job hunter: “OH I worked on Alie…oh never mind, that wasn’t me, honest!”

 

vcatkiller:
I imagine it would be rather tough for those folk now.

Employer: “So what was your last major project?”

Job hunter: “OH I worked on Alie…oh never mind, that wasn’t me, honest!”

I know right… imagine if that was your first project out of university:

“so what have you done in the 3 years since you graduated”

“heroin… lots of heroin”

 

Psst…pass onto the boys that got sacked that EA is looking for thick, skinned people to run their Simcity servers & forums.

Should be easy work after ACM….right??

 

qldsharkie,

I’m sure most people would have skin, but calling somebody thick? Gee…

 

This really is crud.
There is nothing wrong with Timegate. Section 8: Prejudice is a fantastic game. It doesn’t cost much and it delivers much more than what you pay for. The only reason everyone is upset about ACM is the fact that what Gearbox demoed isn’t what we got.
If no one had seen that demo, I think everyone would be much warmer to the game. Because realistically, ACM isn’t worse that some of the other Alien games out there. And on the plus side, it controls fairly well.

*Hopes the guys at Gearbox who had the idea to demo a video of a game that isn’t going to be released gets sodomised to death.*

 

Hopefully after this they will go back and make Section 8 3.

 

zychion:
*Hopes the guys at Gearbox who had the idea to demo a video of a game that isn’t going to be released gets sodomised to death.*

What do you mean? Going by videogame standards he was probably given a promotion and stock options.

 

nekosan,

I was reading this whilst participating is a uni tutorial. They did not appreciate my laughing outburst.

:P…

 
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