Activision Lays Off High Moon Studios’ Deadpool Team

Activision Lays Off High Moon Studios’ Deadpool Team

The folks on the Deadpool team at Activision-owned High Moon Studios were let go today, having completed their developmental task. Activision tells Kotaku that around 40 employees have been impacted globally.

“Activision Publishing consistently works to align its costs with its revenues — this is an ongoing process. With the completion of development on Deadpool, we are taking a reduction in staff at High Moon Studios to better align our development talent against our slate. Approximately, 40 full-time employees will be impacted globally. We are offering those employees who are impacted outplacement counselling services.”

This is one of the reasons I’d never make it in game development, aside from having absolutely no skill for it. Riding the high of completing a large project directly into joblessness sounds brutal, standard industry practice or not.

The layoffs shouldn’t affect the development of future Transformers games, because if they did I might go on a rampage.


    • So brutal. I wonder if the developers at least know this going into the thing, or if they think they’ll just get to work on the next thing when they’ve finished.

    • they should just make high moon studios redundant and be done with it. this game is going to suck and will have on disc dlc.

      high moon studios should never be allowed to make another game, period.

      • High Moon studios is the only game developer that works for Activision that I want to give money to. Their only true fail was the Bourne game.

        • Troll… Seriously I panicked I was worried my chances of more Good transformers games would be ruined seeing as they made the only awesome ones in existence

    • I was offered “outplacement counselling” services when I was made redundant back in 2008.

      Basically people help you find new roles to apply for, usually in exchange for a cut of your severence package.

      • So when they say they are “offering” it, what they really mean is “here’s the phone number for a company you can pay to help you out, our job here is done”? Nice.

        • I guess they also do workshops for people who haven’t looked for work for so long that they’ve forgotten how to write a resume or do interviews, but yeah, it’s basically worthless. At least in my experience. Activision might be all benevolent and offer something useful to the people they just fired for no particular reason.

          • Yeah the cynic in me was screaming “worthless” but I didn’t want to jump to conclusions.

        • Not all of these services are paid for by the (former) employee. It really depends on the company and the severance package as I’ve seen them fully paid for by the company before. The value of the service is debatable depending on how much you need help polishing up your resume and interviewing skills.

          • I’m sure not all instances of outplacement counselling come at a cost, but when I was made redundant (which is the only experience I have to draw on) it was offered at a cost to be deducted from my retrenchment package. I told them I’d rather have the cash.

            I guess it was inappropriate for me to say the service “usually” involves taking a cut, I have no basis for that.

  • As senseless as it seems, there’s usually some kind of reasoning to it. I’d be expecting Deadpool to review poorly.

  • Im sad for the employees that have lost their jobs. I was hoping once the game came out to give every single one of them a high five, a hug, personal thankyou, and let them bask in my radiant smile of excitment for making Deadpool his very own video game.. finally!

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