Layoffs At Tom Clancy-Founded Red Storm Entertainment

Thirty-eight people were laid off today from Red Storm Entertainment, the Ubisoft-owned studio co-founded by Tom Clancy and best known for the Ghost Recon franchise.

The publisher confirmed the layoffs at the North Carolina-based studio with Kotaku. A spokesperson from the company said the cuts were due to "a realignment of production priorities" and noted that "these team members have the opportunity to consider positions in other Ubisoft studios," a company spokesperson said in an email.

It's unclear which production priorities changes and if the layouts represent the cancellation of any Red Storm games. At least one publicly announced project will continue, according to the Ubisoft rep: "Red Storm remains an integral part of Ubisoft's worldwide production team and will continue to work on the multiplayer component of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier."

Red Storm was founded in 1996 by best-selling author Tom Clancy and Navy veteran Doug LittleJohns. The studio focused on military games, mostly shooters, producing the popular Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six series. But both of those franchises have moved partially into the hands of other studios. Red Storm's most recently released games are 2007's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 and America's Army: True Soldiers.

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    So many casualties of late.

      I suspect there they will continue.

      New projects are taking longer to be green-lit, which means that studios cannot maintain staff levels in-between projects. Publishers and investors are more risk-averse.

      It is not a good time to be in the games industry.

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