RIGS developer Guerrilla Cambridge to be closed by Sony

The entire staff at the studio will be let go as part of a change in the company's European strategy.


Sony is closing the Cambridge branch of Guerrilla Games, maker of the recent VR game RIGS. All staff will be let go.

The move, as reported by GamesIndustry.biz, is part of a change to how Sony will be handling its development teams in Europe. "In order to deliver on our strategic objectives, it is necessary to make some changes to the European studios structure." the company said. The decision was apparently made after Sony reviewed all of its current projects and resources.

The studio, which was previously known as SCEE Cambridge, has been creatung games for 19 years. RIGS: Mechanized Combat League was launched with PlayStation VR and meant to be a competitor to the highly successful Rocket League. Soy said that it will do its best to help find jobs for the diesplaced team. 

"Whilst we accept that this decision will mean that we risk losing high calibre staff, by focusing on other Studios with exciting new projects in development, (including continued work on PlayStation VR), we believe we will be in a stronger position going forward and able to offer the best possible content of the highest quality to our players," the company statement said. "This decision should not take anything away from the incredible games and services that Guerrilla Cambridge has delivered." 

The main Guerrilla Games Studios in Amsterdam will not be affected.

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    January 12, 2017 8:35 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, RIGS developer Guerrilla Cambridge to be closed by Sony

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      January 12, 2017 8:39 AM

      is helping them find jobs going to mean pointing them to the nearest unemployment office?

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        January 12, 2017 8:42 AM

        Usually means they promise not to say anything negative about them to a prospective employer. UNLESS they studio heads happen to know people at other companies, then they might put in small good word. "Yeah, he didn't suck."

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        January 12, 2017 8:54 AM

        The UK has a few additional requirements that means they actually have to at least make an effort.

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          January 12, 2017 4:43 PM

          Yeah, while in a notice period they aren't allowed to refuse time off for interviews and stuff I think they are required to offer guidance but I'm not sure what that means, I found a job pretty quickly after being made redundant.
          There is also a government fund that pays out redundancy and unpaid holiday etc where a company is insolvent.

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        January 13, 2017 1:40 AM

        I've been through this process a few times so might be able to explain a bit

        Basically they will have known that they are closing for a while now, but probably didnt tell their employees.

        They probably told some other games studios though.

        So the day you get let go, there will probably be a load of HR people from games companies all around the world, who want to talk to you and get you to apply for positions they have available

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      January 12, 2017 8:51 AM

      They haven't made anything good this century. Hate to see developers lose their jobs, hopefully they find employment quickly. Just not going to miss the studio.

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      January 13, 2017 1:53 AM

      I had never heard of the game in my life. But it has good reviews on meta critic

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