Activision lays off 40 from Deadpool developer

Activision laid off about 40 of the developers behind Deadpool: The Game, the publisher revealed today. Kotaku reports that High Moon Studios, which is also behind Activision's Transformers Cybertron series, was cut back as work on the title concluded.

"Activision Publishing consistently works to align its costs with its revenues--this is an ongoing process," Activision said in a statement. "With the completion of development on Deadpool, we are taking a reduction in staff at High Moon Studios to better align our development talent against our slate. Approximately, 40 full-time employees will be impacted globally. We are offering those employees who are impacted outplacement counseling services."

Deadpool is still slated for a summer release. That schedule has to be pretty well set at this point.


  • winner2 - April 3, 2013 8:15 p.m.

    Funny how bad it's gotten right after April fools...first some jokes then shit gets real for days afterward
  • TheDudeFromNowhere - April 3, 2013 10:21 a.m.

  • I_B_Ready - April 3, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    I thought this was standard practice to lay off employees after a game is finished, since they were initially hired on for the development of said game. are these different circumstances somehow?
  • greg6969 - April 3, 2013 6:58 a.m.

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  • ultimatepunchrod - April 3, 2013 6:04 a.m.

    Does anyone else think this is just an awful business strategy? Activision: Yeah we want you to make a game! Developer: Awesome! We'll get right to work. **2 years later** Dev: Whew! It was hard work, but we're done, and we're really proud of the game! Activision: Excellent! ...You're fired!
  • bass88 - April 3, 2013 4:44 a.m.

    They probably didn't need those extra forty staff members to make COD maps.
  • jake-moore - April 3, 2013 3:13 a.m.

    It could be because they finished the game? So why waste some money on people who are doing a one man job? Still think its a bit weird that its 40 though...
  • KaizerKid22 - April 2, 2013 10:49 p.m.

    Um...Activision ? THE FUCK?!
  • Swedish_Chef - April 2, 2013 10:37 p.m.

    Oh god damn it again?!? Jesus Activision this has got to be the 20th time that you've layed off workers at/shut down a company over this last generation. For a company that owns the biggest franchise in gaming you're really bad at maintaining your financing.
  • BladedFalcon - April 2, 2013 6:01 p.m.

    Never one to fall behind, Activision sure was quick to take measures to reclaim it's throne as the douchiest, shittiest videogame company of the moment! EA was on a roll, but between this and releasing the obvious cash-in and fecal matter that is Walking Dead: Survival instinct. I think Activision's really serious about getting back on the top spot! Which reminds me... GR, why didn't you post a review for The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct?
  • Dante1924 - April 2, 2013 6:17 p.m.

    Considering the promotion they're doing with the game, I doubt they gave review copies out. And Survival Instinct is not a game that ANYBODY should pay for. Though yeah... this news is not good at all. It's neck, neck, and neck between Activision, EA, and Square Enix as the shittiest mainstream gaming company out there! WHO WILL WIN THE UNOFFICIAL DANTE1924 GOLDEN SHIT AWARD? Only time will tell...
  • BladedFalcon - April 2, 2013 6:36 p.m.

    Funny you mentioned Square Enix... They just knocked on the door with the article riiiight above this one...
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - April 2, 2013 5:44 p.m.

    This is what happens in Obama's America
  • Tjwoods18 - April 2, 2013 6:32 p.m.

    Now how are you going to say that? Almost every job in the video game industry, especially with EA and Activision, are subjected to a contractual basis. A company is not going to keep employees when they have no work for them to do.
  • ventanger - April 2, 2013 11:23 p.m.

    They have no work to do because fewer people are buying and playing videogames. It IS a symptom of a contracting economy, just as much, if not more a reason than just Activision's management.
  • avantguardian - April 3, 2013 12:38 a.m.

    yeah, and the economy is totally obama's fault huh, gang?! oh wait, no it's not.
  • ventanger - April 3, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    Not totally, but he's certainly done several key things to make it worse. But don't take my word for it, find out yourself.
  • avantguardian - April 3, 2013 10:11 p.m.

    i live in america. i don't need to 'find out for myself'. does anyone remember what it was like before obama? wasn't that long ago... p.s. i didn't vote for red or blue, but to blame the state of america (and its economics) on one man only serves to show your naivety/ignorance.
  • Tjwoods18 - April 3, 2013 12:15 p.m.

    Ventanger, Ill remind you, however, that these layoffs were not the result of poor sales. So your idea that Activisions actions in this case are the result of a poor economy are wrong.
  • ventanger - April 3, 2013 12:44 p.m.

    It laid them off because revenue wasn't lining up with cost. That's an economic reason.

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