Ex LucasArts, Budcat Employees To Also Have A Lousy Christmas

Bizarre Creations isn't the only video game developer dealing with hard times right now. Two more developers appear to have been affected by holiday layoffs, including Star Wars: The Force Unleashed creator LucasArts and Guitar Hero studio Budcat Creations.

Sources close to LucasArts say the studio has gone through another round of layoffs today, but numbers were not specified. The studio was hit with as many as 85 cutbacks in September, after wrapping up development on The Force Unleashed II.

When contacted for comment, LucasArts confirmed changes in staffing, but did not provide details.

"LucasArts recently made a minor adjustment in staffing to help us better address the needs of the business," said a LucasArts rep. "We remain committed to our internal studio – and to fostering relationships with trusted external partners – in order to deliver quality games that amaze and inspire fans."

The other studio given the gift of joblessness today is Budcat Creations, according to former employees of the Iowa City-based developer. The developer of PlayStation 2 and Wii versions of many of Activision's Guitar Hero games was acquired by the publisher in 2008, shuttered today.

Activision reps have not yet responded to requests for comment.


Comments

    "in order to deliver quality games that amaze and inspire fans"
    Which they haven't done since Jedi Knight Outcast was released. After that point LA have gone downhill.

    lol "disturbance in the workforce" tag is tragic

    Ship another uninteresting game, sack another couple of dozen staff. Life continues ad nausium at the big L.

    The last good game LucasArts published would've of been Knight of the Old Republic, and even then they needed one of the best RPG developers to do it for them =P

    I don't think I remember a good "in house" lucasarts game. I enjoyed the first TFU... but I wouldn't say it was excellent.

    I think TIE Fighter and X-Wing were both outsourced. Outcast was made by Raven...
    Dark Forces maybe?

    Oh I'm looking forward to Lucasarts making games that 'amaze and inspire', whens that going to happen.

    Someone needs to take these spokespeople to task for their evil double talk. We're not stupid.

    "LucasArts recently made a minor adjustment in staffing to help us better address the needs of the business,” said a LucasArts rep. “We remain committed to our internal studio – and to fostering relationships with trusted external partners"

    Easily translates to, "we've messed up and had to fire a bunch of our hard working staff, but we're going to replace them with people on contract we can let go anytime without a severance package so, s'all good."

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