Tipsters and word from the inside alike point to a substantial new round of layoffs at Fallout New Vegas studio Obsidian; one rumor suggests that anywhere from 20-30 positions have been made redundant as a result. Reportedly the team currently working on the upcoming South Park licensed title was also affected. According to one source who wrote to Joystiq, the layoffs forced Obsidian to cancel an upcoming project unrelated to South Park:
"Another project canceled, this time for a future next-gen project and the layoffs impacted that team, plus the existing South Park team. Approximately 20-30 people from all disciplines, including one person who started yesterday, as well as one who started last week."
Tweets made by several employees both current and now-unemployed all confirm a fresh round of job cuts:
Andre Nguyen (Animator)
Fellow Obsidianites who were laid off today...I was lucky, but I've been on the other end of that. Your talents will take you far!
the LinkedIn profile pages for "Obsidianites" including New Vegas lead producer Frank Kowalkowski, level designers Casey Kwock and Dini McMurry, and artists Jason Sereno and J.D. Cerince were recently updated to reflect their departures from the studio this month.