Report: Voluntary Layoffs Expected at Disney’s Black Rock

According to a source close to Split/Second and Pure developer Black Rock Studios, 100 staff members are to be laid off. Speaking to Eurogamer, a trusted source says that roughly 100 Black rock employees will face a "voluntary" layoff, leaving about 40 to continue working on current projects. The wholly owned Disney studio has been unable to successfully pitch new project ideas to its parent company, according to the source:

"It seems Disney have been unable to provide us with a project to work on, and our concept pitches clearly haven’t gone down well (despite there being many of them)," the inside source said. "The inactive portion of the studio has been expecting redundancies for months, so this doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone. It’s sad that it’s come to this of course, but for many people they’ll be quite happy to take the money and go, as they’ve been sitting around doing nothing for months."

The source goes on to say that what remains of the team is working on a "promising" but "new and risky" title. Sequels to racers Pure and Split/Second are not in the works, according to the source.


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    Magic says:

    It’s like an offer you can’t refuse.

    Seriously, if they don’t take it then they’ll likely be dismissed.

    Kudos to Blackrock, Split/Second was a really fun game. It always seems to be the developers who are paying for the awful actions of management.

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    Adamas Draconis says:

    Query: WTF is a "Voluntary" lay-off?  When I’ve been laid-off I never had a choice in the matter. It’s always I go to work and get told at the door "We can’t use you anymore".


    Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

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