SuperBot Entertainment, developers of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, have become the latest company to suffer from layoffs. An undisclosed number of employees were laid off from the developer yesterday, just two months after PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was released in North America and Europe (a week ahead of its Japanese release).
Insomniac Games developer Mike Birkhead first broke the story on his Twitter feed, later replying that he heard about 20 employees lost their jobs. Later in the day, Sony confirmed the layoffs in a brief statement:
“SCEA can confirm that SuperBot Entertainment did make a reduction in their workforce today. The studio and SCEA remain committed to supporting PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale post launch, including developing the title’s forthcoming DLC releases in the coming months. The first character pack (including Kat from Gravity Rush and Emmett Graves from Starhawk) will be available for download on February 12 and will be free for the first two weeks. We’ll be sharing news of additional upcoming content soon.”
It remains unclear exactly how large the layoff was and whether the employees let go were temporary or contracted long-term. The exact reason for the layoff is also unknown, though it may have had something to do with Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale only selling about 500,000 copies since its release.
As with Vigil, we hope the employees affected by this round of layoffs find work soon.