Just Cause Developer Avalanche Axing 50% of Staff

Swedish developer Avalanche Studios is preparing to lay off 77 employees--nearly half of its 160-person workforce--after losing two contracts for...

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Swedish developer Avalanche Studios is preparing to lay off 77 employees--nearly half of its 160-person workforce--after losing two contracts for unannounced games, GameReactor and Swedish outlet FZ report.

"We have given notice that it's our intention to lay off 77 people," Avalanche CEO Christofer Sundberg confirmed with GamesIndustry. "I'm very positive that we'll get back on our feet again. But will we become a 160 employee studio again? I'm not sure."

The two cancelled projects were valued at $34 million, with one cancellation reportedly stemming from a lack of funding while the other was a result of a new family-friendly focus for the unnamed publisher. The global credit crisis played a factor as well.

Though every team will lose some members, Avalanche's two announced projects, the open-world shooter Just Cause 2 (PC, PS3, 360) and free-to-play PC effort The Hunter, are still under development. According to Gamasutra, Just Cause 2, once expected this fall, has now been delayed until next spring, while The Hunter is in open beta.

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    October 28, 2008 10:14 AM

    Just Cause for the pc was a horrible trainwreck of a game. I'm glad I only wasted $9.99 on that piece of crap.

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      October 28, 2008 10:21 AM

      I had a blast with the demo on 360. Then again, I wasn't holding it in the highest regard. It was just old fashioned ridiculous action game.

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      October 28, 2008 10:47 AM

      You should get the 360 version the graphics are way better than the PC one. For some reason they did not have any shadder effect and normal maps in the PC version. In short it looked like ass.

      I loved JC1, it is quiet a underated sandbox game and is real fun.

      Please do not sack JC2 I have been looking forward to it, and as you can see inthe screen shots the PC version will not be ripped off.

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