Split Second 2 Stalls on the Starting Grid as Black Rock Suffers Layoffs
Written Thursday, May 05, 2011 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Bad news for Pure and Split/Second developer Black Rock Studio, as not only has Disney Interactive Studios cancelled the planned sequel for its critically well-received arcade racer, but the studio has also had its workforce cut by approximately 40 people, Game Informer reports.
Disney confirmed the Black Rock layoffs earlier today, telling Joystiq: "Disney Interactive Studios confirms a reduction of its workforce from its Brighton-based internal game development studio, Black Rock Studios. The studio will continue its work on its current project."
Apparently, the studio will now tackle one project at a time, but one of those won't be Split/Second 2, as an anonymous source states that it was canned in December. Bizarrely, Black Rock also hasn't had anything to do since Split/Second shipped as "Disney have been unable to provide us with a project to work on, and our concept pitches clearly haven't gone down well (despite there being many of them)."
A Pure sequel had also been touted, but was reportedly dropped by Disney. Black Rock Studios' remaining staff are apparently now working on a new title, which is described as being "promising" and "new and risky." Sounds intriguing. Hopefully, it'll make it to store shelves and generate the sales that the talented developer requires to survive.