Warner Bros. has confirmed that some staff at its Seattle, Washington-based studio have been cut. The staff includes developers that were working on the upcoming Lord of the Rings Guardians of Middle-earth game, and Gotham City Impostors.
This is the third round of layoffs in the Pacific Northwestern studio system in the last several years. In early 2010, WBIE cut 25 employees from Surreal Software, Monolith Productions, and Snowblind Entertainment. In 2011 WBIE laid off 60 employees from WB Games Seattle.
"Due to shifting business imperatives, WB Games Seattle has made staff reductions," a representative told GameSpot. "The group will continue to remain an integral part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment."
The company did not disclose just how many employees now find themselves out of work, nor did it provide details on if it was providing assistance to these workers or severance packages…
Guardians of Middle-earth is set for release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this fall.