Warner Bros. Axe 60 Developers

Following big releases, the quality assurance staff usually gets axed. That appears to be the case in the laying off of about 60 from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The publisher confirmed pink slips were given, but not the number.

The layoffs hit WBIE's Seattle operations, comprising the Snowblind, Monolith and Surreal studios. Snowblind developed The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, which released on Tuesday. A statement from WBIE made it sound like the layoffs were routine, which it certainly is within the industry.

"As part of the continual review of our business operations and fluctuating market conditions, we have had to make reductions in our WB Games Seattle workforce," a spokesman told Kotaku.

Among current projects at WBIE's Seattle division, Monolith is working on Gotham City Impostors.


    hopefully they take the axe to the price of arkham city on steam for Aussies

      I hear you on that one, makes me sad I didn't preorder B:AC before they jacked the price :(

      I really hate how publishers demand so much for the Steam copies. They're meant to be cheaper due to the lack of production costs or whatever required for physical media. But instead, they cost just as much.

        Ahhh I was one of the lucky one's to get it at the bargin price of $39.99USD I sent Kotaku the story to let everyone know!!!

    Proberly because War in the North was a crap game and didnt sell.

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