Today several messages have come from 2K Games, mainly confirming that the 2K Marin studio would face significant layoffs.
One source (according to Polygon) claimed that the studio had completely been shut down, although 2K Games so far have avoided comment on the situation.
However, the publisher has recently stated;
We can confirm staff reductions at 2K Marin…..While these were difficult decisions, we regularly evaluate our development efforts and have decided to reallocate creative resources. Our goal to create world-class video game titles remains unchanged.
This “relocation” has allowed certain employees to potentially move to 2K’s new San-Fransisco based studio, which is spearheaded by games industry veteran Rod Ferguson of Gears of War and Bioshock Infinite fame.
Whilst the exact reasons for the closure haven’t been revealed, we suspect they are largely financial. These days few publishers can afford to have several studios developing a host of titles over the course of the year and when one fails to sell or capture public imagination, much like The Bureau: XCOM Declassified did, the studio faces closure. The Bureau certainly wasn’t the best game but was perhaps unfairly criticised. The latest installment to the XCOM series was flawed and perhaps a little soulless, but it did have its merits – interesting tactical play made the game an enjoyable romp for the most part (until the grueling last level).
Here at Twinstickgaming our hearts go out to those affected by the closure and we wish them all the best for the future.
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