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LucasArts Confirms Layoffs, But Remains Committed To Its Internal Studio

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LucasArts has confirmed to Joystiq that it has recently actioned some staff layoffs following a tweet from 3D Realms' George Broussard. In response, LucasArts released a statement confirming the staff cuts without going into specifics.

"LucasArts recently made a minor adjustment in staffing to help us better address the needs of the business," said a LucasArts representative. "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."

This is the second round of staff redundancies for the latter half of 2010, with an undisclosed number of developers let go in September. It's believed that this most recent set of layoffs might have affected the development of an unannounced project, a speculation that LucasArts declined to comment on.

Meanwhile, following yesterday's news of Activision's impending closure of the UK studio behind Blur and 007: Blood Stone, Bizarre Creations, the publisher also issued another statement yesterday announcing thet US-based Guitar Hero co-developer Budcat has been shut down with 88 job losses.

In the statement [via Edge Online], Activision confirmed the closure, saying: “We continue to streamline our music development resources to ensure that they are aligned against our slate and strategic goals. As a result, we are implementing a targeted reduction in jobs in our Quality Assurance team in California and closing our Budcat studio in Iowa.”

Tough times all round then.


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US October 26, 2010
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