Stormbirds was set for release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC--before THQ apparently got cold feet. As a result, the team of over 30 developers was laid off by Juiced owner THQ. "The game was in the same genre as Ace Combat and HAWX," wrote Calvert in a recent blog post. "THQ deemed the project too high risk, [and] as a result the entire team were made redundant on the 1st of December 2008."
Juice Games was acquired by THQ in 2006. The developer is best known for the "Juiced" series of racing titles.
Rather than see the fruits of their labors go to waste, assets from the Stormbirds project have been released by both Calvert (above) and Steven Kerswell of CG studio RealtimeUK. The intro cinematic, created by Realtime, can be seen below.
Thanks to TnS_hun for the heads up.
What a damn shame. :(
Also, here's hoping that the people laid off will find new jobs soon.