Layoffs Hit Warner Bros. Interactive: Monolith, Snowblind and Surreal Affected

By Chris Faylor, Jan 12, 2010 9:57am PST

Warner Bros Interactive has laid off about 25 employees across its three Seattle-based studios--Monolith Productions (F.E.A.R. 2), Snowblind Studios (Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance) and Surreal Software (The Suffering)--Shacknews has learned.

The layoffs are said to affect mostly unannounced projects--of the three studios, Surreal's long-delayed This Is Vegas is the only announced project--with the studios now collectively sporting just over 400 employees. Surreal marks the latest addition to the Warner Bros Interactive family, having joined as part of the Midway asset purchase.

When contacted by Shacknews, Warner Bros Interactive confirmed the layoffs, issuing the following statement and refusing to comment on the status of This Is Vegas:

We are committed to growing Warner Bros. in the game space and will be retaining robust teams in our Seattle studios. We have been moving towards sharing certain resources across the studios and have also been reallocating resources to align talent with our development needs. Unfortunately, we had a few too many resources in certain functions and some positions were eliminated in this process. Our plan is to continually review staffing needs and as future projects evolve we would expect to see the studios grow.

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