The talented developer behind Pure and Split/Second, Black Rock, is rumoured to be on the receiving end of up to 40 staff layoffs after under performing sales of their last two titles, according to Eurogamer.
According to a source within Black Rock, it's part of a move by Disney Interactive to reduce the team to a single game studio. Apparently employees within the studio had been expecting cuts for the last few months, after not being provided with a project to work on and many of their pitches being knocked back.
"The inactive portion of the studio has been expecting redundancies for months," claimed Eurogamer's source, "so this doesn't come as a surprise to anyone. It's sad that it's come to this of course, but for many people they'll be quite happy to take the money and go, as they've been sitting around doing nothing for months."
Split/Second 2 was cancelled in December after Disney Interactive began restructuring the company, with redundancies across most of their studios. Hopefully the remainder of the Black Rock team will be left able to focus on creating the wonderfully original racers they're known for.
Lay-offs at Split/Second studio – report [Eurogamer]