Layoffs at Robomodo Ahead of Tony Hawk: Shred Release

By Brian Leahy, Oct 12, 2010 5:30pm PDT [Update 10/13] Robomodo has confirmed that layoffs have taken place, though it would not discuss the exact number of employees let go. The following statement was released by Josh Tsui, President of Robomodo:

It is always difficult to let hard-working and valued employees go. Robomodo has retained all of the company’s directors and leads, along with other staff members. All are busy working on future projects and ideas, which will become the innovative games of tomorrow. We hope to bring back some of our team as we ramp up on our next projects.

[Original Story] Reporting on "multiple tips", Kotaku claims that Tony Hawk: Ride and Tony Hawk: Shred developer Robomodo has been hit by layoffs with 30 to 60 employees let go today.

The studio was given the reins of the Tony Hawk Franchise after it was taken away from Neversoft. Robomodo released Tony Hawk: Ride last year, which required use of a skateboard peripheral and was poorly received by critics.

Kotaku's sources claim that the layoffs are the result of the Tony Hawk franchise being taken away from the studio. This would not surprise me, as the studio had staffed up for work on Shred and I couldn't figure out what could be done to the peripheral-required game to make it successful.

Tony Hawk: Shred will be released on October 26 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii. Activision has no comment at this time and Robomodo has not yet answered a request for more information at this time.

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