Via a source through Eurogamer, it’s been suggest that roughly 50 members of FreeStyleGames’ staff have been laid off. If true, this means the studio’s production team has been cut in half, as there were previously 100 developers on staff.
According to a statement by Activison, the studio will remain open and the publisher is looking to reallocate members of staff at other development studios. The statement says the layoffs are the result of a consultation exercise, though it does not indicate how many people have been let go.
“Activision and FreeStyle games leadership have been considering a range of future options for the studio, and have been consulting with staff to explore all alternatives. The collective team have now reached the end of a consultation exercise and the decision has been made to restructure FreeStyleGames to better align the studio resources with future business needs. We are working with the studio teams to explore options to rebalance staff within Activision Blizzard and its related organisations. The UK remains a key market for Activision Blizzard and FreeStyleGames continues to be a great partner. We thank all of the team for their continued passions, creativity and commitment.”
Because the studio is set to remain open, it can be assumed Guitar Hero Live’s service will continue to function as is. We wish the best for those who are now unemployed and hope the reallocation process is one of ease.