Report: FEAR 3 dev lays off 95 percent of unannounced Silent Scope revival team

By Xav de Matos, Dec 02, 2011 6:00pm PST

F.E.A.R. 3 developer Day 1 Studios has been reportedly forced to lay off 95 percent of one of its development teams due to a publishing agreement with Konami that went south.

According to a report, the Day 1 team in question was working on a revival of the Silent Scope franchise before the publishing deal with Konami was lost. The last entry in the series was 2002's Silent Scope 3 for the PlayStation 2 from an internal Konami team.

GameSpot reports that Day 1 is now working on a second project, with a now "significantly smaller" team. According to Day 1's official site, the studio employs more than 140--as of the company profile's writing--in both its Illinois and Maryland offices. It's unclear how many people were assigned to the Silent Scope team and how many jobs have been lost.

GameSpot's report specifies the losses came from the Chicago office.

Studio representatives did not respond to Shacknews for clarification on the report, which is not unreasonable considering the timing of the day.

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