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PlayStation All-Stars studio SuperBot cuts staff

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale developer SuperBot Entertainment has laid off several members of its staff, IGN reports. Sony confirmed the studio has reduced its workforce in a statement... and also threw in a blurb about upcoming DLC for the multiplayer brawler.

“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.”

Sony didn't address the extent of the staff reduction, but Insomniac Games designer Mike Birkhead, whose Tweet first started murmurs of the reductions, later said he heard about 20 employees got the axe.

SuperBot is a "new independent game studio" and an "exclusive developer" of SCEA, according to its website, which lists several job openings. PlayStation All-Stars is its only listed project.

Speaking of Starhawk, developer LightBox Interactive's contract with Sony ended in October, after which the studio laid off 24 members of its staff.

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7 comments

  • shawksta - January 26, 2013 2 a.m.

    Layoffs are the worst thing to Happen to anyone, hope whoever got layed off good luck
  • Tjwoods18 - January 25, 2013 4:41 p.m.

    Not surprising, game wasn't worth the $60 price tag.
  • CrashmanX - January 25, 2013 6:32 p.m.

    Fun game, but yea. Not worth $60. I could seen spending $30 on it probably. $40 at most with the PS3/PSV version.
  • ultimatepunchrod - January 26, 2013 1:37 p.m.

    I hate these kinds of comments on these increasingly frequent layoff reports. Do you realize that at least 20 people are out of work now? I actually liked PSABR, and I hope these employees find a new home soon.
  • Tjwoods18 - January 26, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    The character story lines could have been longer. I mean, it took me 15 minutes to finish one character campaign. That is a game that simply is not worth buying.
  • ultimatepunchrod - January 26, 2013 5:33 p.m.

    I'm not trying to argue the merits of the game. I'm just saying that that's not really the point of the article. This is about people loosing their jobs.
  • Facelord - January 28, 2013 8:31 p.m.

    I thought it was more than worth my money. You're talking about 15 minutes of content spread over 20 characters, add in the hundreds of hours you can spend in multiplayer and you've got yourself a way better franchise-beginning than Smash had. Also, yeah, it's disgusting that you would try to insult their game in an article about many of their employees being fired.

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