Collective staff cuts follow Dirty Harry 'transitioning'

Source close to Foundation 9 division claims 30 staffers laid off following abrupt stoppage of work on film license; Warner Bros. asserts development will continue at new studio.

"What, this little thing?"

In the seminal 1970 crime thriller Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood uttered one of his signature lines. "Do you feel lucky?" he asked a wounded bank robber looking down the barrel of his possibly empty .44 magnum revolver. "Well, do ya, punk?"

Today came word that the developer of the Dirty Harry game is feeling very unlucky indeed. This afternoon, GameSpot received word that The Collective, a division of Foundation 9 Entertainment, is no longer working on the adaptation of the seminal Warner Bros. film. According to a source close to Foundation 9, approximately 30 Collective staffers were handed pink slips today after the studio was summarily pulled off the project.

Though a Foundation 9 spokesperson declined to comment on Dirty Harry's status, she did say an effort to "optimize" its suite of internal studios had led to staffing changes. "When this optimization leads to job loss at one studio, we make every effort to find a place for displaced employees at another of our studios," said the rep. "Foundation 9 is currently hiring for 40 positions in our studios across North America and is still in a state of growth with more than 30 projects in development."

The aforementioned source also told GameSpot the Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment team managing the project had "been dissolved." However, newly installed WBIE senior vice president Samantha Ryan appeared to have a strong hand on the helm, proclaiming that a Dirty Harry game will be released...eventually.

"We are moving forward with the Dirty Harry next generation videogames and will be changing our development plans in keeping with the best interest of the franchise legacy," Ryan said in a statement. "WBIE is dedicated to creating a game that will bring Clint Eastwood's legendary Detective Harry Callahan character to the interactive space with a new story and great gameplay."

Ryan's other job as CEO of WBIE-owned Monolith Productions (F.E.A.R., Condemned) raises the prospect that her studio may take up the reins of Dirty Harry development. A source close to WBIE did confirm that the game is "transitioning" to another shop but did not disclose where the project was going.

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gorezombiez
gorezombiez

The movies awesome but the video game dirty harry for the NES is boring.

Hermes33
Hermes33

I hope this game wont be PS3 only... otherwise then I'll have to get one :P

stfolife
stfolife

wow no 1s seen dirty harry no love for clint eastwood

amplizine
amplizine

Never saw the movie? That's insane. I'm glad they're rethinking it before getting too far, buy that sure sucks for the laid off people. I foresee other delays in this game's future too--sadly because of a certain person's age. Maybe not though.

Yazu13
Yazu13

Never saw the movie, hope it's a good game.

Endrance
Endrance

30 employees... gosh that sucks.. Well... as long as it comes out sometime in the future. And doesn't suck ass. Yeah, that especially.

aluisi
aluisi

30 people got let go and Foundation 9 isn't helping any of them find another job at any of there studios. This lay off affected not only people working on DH but key people who were developing the other 2 titles they were working on. I doubt that Collective will be around much longer.

mars188
mars188

here we go a movie being made in to a game. i bet it is going to be thrilling. will it be worth a rent from gamefly. i cant just see this game it will take you back to the 80s allright all the way back to the 8bit nintendo will this movie in to video games ever end. i am laughing dirty hairy video game s.o.s.

ufopuller
ufopuller

Well, that did not "make my day"

vanhalendlrband
vanhalendlrband

They must make this game good. Please guys make this game so unbelievably good that its open ended and everything. SOmethign that can last and be added on too with huge world maps of cities and cleaning up justice, we can't have it just cutscenes please, or just release a cutscene movie instead.

stonj
stonj

how desperate are sony shesh this will be soo awful i guarantee ir

wwonka666
wwonka666

Wanna see the character the Dirty Harry was based on, go see the best movie so far this year. Zodiac, it was awesome. Here's hoping the Dirty Harry game still gets made cause it will be awesome too.

Gunfan9x19
Gunfan9x19

What the hell went on in those studios? Anyway, as a fan of the movies, I hope this game turns out to be good.

TiRoSu13
TiRoSu13

I liked the movie, I hope the game is at least decent.

Theempire30
Theempire30

I cant wait for this game. ^_^ Clint Eastwood=GOD

GtheMVP
GtheMVP

It's good to hear that it's still in the works. Older gamers like myself grew up on the Dirty Harry/Eastwood and Bronson films. I wasn't born for most of them, but the legacy of those films was huge in the late 70's/early 80's. Obviously a lot of gamers around my age (34) will want a piece of this, so it should sell well. I'm sure they're mostly hoping to intoduce these films to the younger generation of violent happy youths :-D Some good $$$$$ potential for them, I just hope it is properly developed so we could see some games made around other classic hits of yesteryear!

osxgp
osxgp

I wonder if this game will be like most games based on movie or TV licenses? It seems when a company gets a license, they spend more on the rights than they do on development. I know having the 007 license (for example) makes money regardless of how good or bad the game is just because it has 007 in the title.

Kempatsu_basic
Kempatsu_basic

jesus - this game is gonna blow like everyone else. or maybe it'll never coem out like Duke Nukem Forever

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

I hope this game doesn't suck.

gmax
gmax

Hmm... Oh well. Hopefully whoever winds up with it will do it justice - we know that's what Callahan would demand!

Just_Snake
Just_Snake

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Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Whichever... a good Dirty Harry game would be good for everybody, but one can't have high expectations on things like this. Remember that Scarface game? I'll wait on the verdict before I lay my $60 down.

-Spock-
-Spock-

Damn, I hope the new studio is as skilled as the last. I'm not saying The Collective are as godly as Kojima and his team, but they made some decent games. I've been waiting for this Dirty Harry game for a while now. I'm a big fan of the movies, and I reckon it will translate well to a videogame. Especially since Eastwood himself is doing the voiceover.

TTDog
TTDog

Paultiscali; I remember seeing this on more than the occasional 360 movie demo disk as well, no doubt some of the fanboy masses will use this as an excuse to blame Gamespot of further anti-PS3 bias... "You only mentioned the PS3 version when they've delayed the 360 version as well.... Sont pwn, Sony forever" ertc., etc.,

Hedfix
Hedfix

Annoying, I rather enjoyed The Collective's take on Buffy and their Wrath Unleashed effort.

Paultiscali
Paultiscali

wizardps2 if i recall this game is due out on the xbox 360 aswell.

wizardps2
wizardps2

Give the development to EA they will do it great!! and make it just for the PS3 The other punks cant have a nother story buy Harry is going to kick ass on the PS3 But MAKE THE GAME Harry has millions of fans

ghsacidman
ghsacidman

I hate corporate crap like this. Rich people play with people jobs/lives on a daily basis... ruling with an iron fist... firing... re-hiring... and firing you for no reason other then they feel like it. JOB SECURITY IS A THING OF THE PAST AND IT PISSES ME OFF!!!

Proman84
Proman84

I hope the developers will be more "lucky" with their neext project.

rugripper40
rugripper40

dirty harry was awesome back in the day but a video game...dont know...maybe if they added the orangutan...lol

budlongmv
budlongmv

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comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Thats too bad. But actually it might have been good because games based off of movies usually never do too well.

johndoh4
johndoh4

I'm not sure they should even bother with this game anymore. Changing developers in the middle of the games development could cause problems.

Ryo_Kensen
Ryo_Kensen

This sucks, All I can hope is they can resume it. I really want to play this game.

monco59
monco59

This could turn out to be an awesome game with Monolith (one of the best developers of all time IMO) at the helm. Gotta keep praying to those gaming gods...

dmastor
dmastor

well there goes another PS3 title

Beards_Mahoney
Beards_Mahoney

That sucks for The Collective. Though I wasn't that interested in the prospect of a Dirty Harry game to begin with, I felt The Collective could have done it well.

Livewirez
Livewirez

I hope Monolith productions takes the game on, fear and condemned are exellent games.

Re_ensurer
Re_ensurer

I didn't even know about this game.

jmartinez1983
jmartinez1983

Doesn't really matter, odds are this game won't be that great as is common with licensed content. Either that, or it will be fine, but just a generic action game with "Dirty Harry" stamped on it.

Tking1293
Tking1293

Oh well, at least it's coming out sometime.