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Infamous developer Sucker Punch going through layoffs

SCEA confirms reduction in workforce, but doesn't give a figure on the number of jobs cut.

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Infamous: Second Son (and the forthcoming First Light) developer Sucker Punch is going through a number of layoffs this week, reports IGN.

Sony confirmed the move in a statement, saying, "SCEA can confirm a reduction in workforce has taken place at Sucker Punch Productions. Sucker Punch is appreciative of the tremendous work team members contributed to the Infamous and Sly Cooper series, and wishes them the best in their next endeavors."

An exact number of layoffs wasn't given, but the layoffs are a bit of surprise considering the success of the studio, which Sony bought in 2011 after years with the platform exclusive Sly Cooper franchise and the introduction of the Infamous series. These kinds of reductions are all-too common in the industry after completing a project, however.

We certainly wish the staffers the best of luck in landing on their feet.

From The Chatty

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    August 20, 2014 9:15 AM

    Robert Workman posted a new article, Infamous developer Sucker Punch going through layoffs.

    SCEA confirms reduction in workforce, but doesn't give a figure on the number of jobs cut.

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      August 20, 2014 10:04 AM

      Bummer

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      August 20, 2014 10:37 AM

      nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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      August 20, 2014 10:45 AM

      Well damn.

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      August 20, 2014 11:01 AM

      It sounds like the number is greater than 40% of the company and its mostly original staff members who were there at the company's start.

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        August 20, 2014 11:12 AM

        Ah, the inevitable "You've been here 12 years and you're very valu-YOU MAKE WHAT? Byebye." Evaluation

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          August 20, 2014 11:13 AM

          Which sadly, is not unique to video games. #MURICA

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            August 20, 2014 2:17 PM

            I can say in the 15 years since I escaped the ghastly hellscape that is the games industry it has yet to happen to me.

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          August 20, 2014 2:39 PM

          Also employees who are more likely to clash with managers and seed insurrection among the newbies.

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            August 20, 2014 3:13 PM

            You can take our free sodas...but you'll never take our FREEEDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMM

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      August 20, 2014 2:41 PM

      that sucks. I liked their last game.

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      August 20, 2014 3:20 PM

      :( I purchased and played all Infamous titles, and enjoyed them all greatly. All the best to the folks that end up looking for work. :(

      I wonder if it's just that end of project cyclical firing as it's noted, or if they lack diversification or things in the pipeline, which is far more ominous.