Indie studio Fire Hose Games is offering developers displaced – or soon to be displaced – by layoffs from Irrational Games in the Boston area a place to hang out and get some work done free of charge. The Go Home Dinosaurs! developer said in a recent blog post that those developers who want to try and strike out on their own as indie developers can have a safe and free place to go while they get back on their feet.
"Most of the developers laid off are probably wondering 'What am I going to do next?,' and some are considering going indie and releasing their own games," the company wrote in a blog post.
"Meanwhile we're in the process of setting up an indie game seed fund designed to support Boston area indie teams, though we're not quite ready to start taking on applications for that yet as we're still getting our ducks in a row. However sometimes you need to strike while the iron is hot and we can't sit by and watch all this potential development talent evaporate, especially considering our mission to help other indie devs. So we're going to do what we can to help!"
The offer to help former Irrational Games employees has no strings attached. For more information, developers should drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This offer comes after an announcement by studio founder Ken Levine earlier in the week that Irrational Games would shut down after it finishes up work on the second part of the Burial at Sea DLC for Bioshock Infinite. Levine said that all but 15 employees will be laid off. Levine and those 15 employees will set up a smaller and leaner studio within Take-Two to build smaller, digitally distributed narrative-driven games…