Houston-based TimeGate Studios has been hit with layoffs, president Adel Chaveleh confirmed. It's incredibly unfortunate news, but also not completely surprising when you consider all the grief that's happaned recently over Aliens: Colonial Marines.
TimeGate co-developed the ill-received sci-fi somewhat-horror shooter with Gearbox of Borderlands fame, and wound up caught in the blame game that ensued when Aliens was torn apart by critics and gamers upon release. Chaveleh didn't mention any of this, of course, when commenting on the layoffs. The official statement instead refers to the unfortunate business as a "transition."
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."
No specific numbers were given here, at least from official sources. Unofficially, the figure floating around is 25 staff members as of yesterday morning.
Following Aliens' release and its poor reception, Gearbox pointed fingers at TimeGate for dropping the ball on the project. In turn, TimeGate claimed that Gearbox had complete control over the entire development process. SEGA, well, blames the developers.