Alien: Colonial Marines co developer sees lay-offs

Aliens Colonial Marines

TimeGate Studios undergoes a "reinvention" for next-gen projects.

The studio responsible for the outsourced content in Aliens: Colonial Marines, TimeGate Studios, has lopped-off an arm of its development team in what it calls a company "reinvention".

According to Polygon, the Texas-based studio has let go of up to 25 people yesterday morning (March 4th), which is potentially the fallout of a publishing deal failing at the last hurdle earlier this month.

"Today, we had to make the difficult decision to let go of some great game developers. This is never easy, and we're doing all we can to assist those developers affected," TimeGate president Adel Chaveleh told the site.

"TimeGate is preparing, as is the entire industry, for the transition to next-generation consoles and new business models. As part of this reinvention, all projects and strategic initiatives continue to move forward at the studio."

Following Alien: Colonial Marines' releases and subsequent review lashings, reports emerged that the advertised developer, Gearbox, handed much of the project over to Section 8 developer TimeGate.

However, far from passing the buck, Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford told IGN that his studio was equally responsible for the game's content.

"If you take preproduction out of it, their effort’s probably equivalent to ours," he commented.

"Now, it’s not fair to take preproduction out of it, but that says a lot about how much horsepower those guys put into it."




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