Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City developer Slant Six Games has been hit with more layoffs, the third such staff reduction in two years. The studio cut an undisclosed number of staff last June, and also laid off team members in April 2010. A company representative said this move is "temporary"--as the others were--as it tries to line up more work.
"This necessary measure has been taken to reduce the size of our team and to decrease interim operating costs while we continue to negotiate new business," The company said in a statement to GamesIndustry International. "Temporary layoffs provide us with a time period to keep everyone's employment position open with full benefits. The intention is to reinstate all of the people affected when new projects or funding has been secured."
Even though the move is supposedly temporary, the company is considerably smaller than in it was in 2010 after it released SOCOM: US Navy Seals Fireteam Bravo 3 for PSP. At the time of the first round of layoffs, the studio had 96 employees, compared to around 60 prior to this current round. The company said it has made a successful transition to mobile games, creating such titles as Bowling Dead and Galactic Reign, but it remains to be seen just how soon staff will be hired back, if at all.