Edge of Twilight dev cuts staff

Fuzzyeyes Studios reduces employee numbers due to financial and legal pressures; game's development shifted overseas.

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Despite predictions that video game sales are expected to break all previous records in Australia this year, the local games development scene hasn't fared too well during the current economic crisis. Brisbane-based Fuzzyeyes Studios--which was working on the upcoming Edge of Twilight--is adding to the growing list of unemployed Aussie game developers, confirming rumours that it's been forced to lay off an undisclosed number of staff members.

Edge of Twilight development has shifted overseas.

In a press statement released overnight, Fuzzyeyes CEO Wei-Yao Lu said the company reduced its staff to a "minimum" on September 30 this year. "During this transition period, Fuzzyeyes will temporarily seize further development on any project. However, Fuzzyeyes is still in business and the office is still open. Until the transition is fully settled, Fuzzyeyes will suspend all onsite development, but all out-sourced development is still ongoing," Lu's statement said. The statement also revealed that on October 5, Fuzzyeyes made a deal to sell off portions of its company to an undisclosed third party.

GameSpot AU contacted Lu for further comment, with the CEO confirming via e-mail that development on Edge of Twilight had been shifted overseas. The CEO, however, did not offer details on how many staff members were laid off locally or who the undisclosed company was that bought part of Fuzzyeyes. According to an earlier GameSpot AU interview with Lu, Fuzzyeyes' Brisbane studios had 35 staffers and had a second studio located in Taiwan.

2009 hasn't treated the Aussie games development industry well, with Fuzzyeyes joining the likes of Krome Studios and Transmission Games, which made similar cutbacks earlier this year.

Discussion

20 comments
electronic_eye
electronic_eye

I echo all your comments. Been waiting for EOT since the very beginning. The steampunkish setting, the two different but connected worlds and an interesting characters...whoever gets to continue this project better do it justice!

drewciferpike
drewciferpike

Ohhh, man... this game looked different, and from the hands-on and previews, it seemed like it was going to BE different, too. I really hope that development continues, and if that means moving overseas, I hope the new team doesn't drop the ball, because this was looking good.

Triton
Triton

News flash...lots and lots of places have "cut staff" this year. Hope they don't report on everyone of them too...

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

heh, this game isnt supposed to be based on the crappy "twilight" series, is it? HA!

souledge959
souledge959

this better not stop them I have been waiting for this game for 1.5 years

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

Why doesnt MS buy up the company and or the rights to this game, There looking for more exclusive first party games and this game would be a nice one to get !!

kweeni
kweeni

that sucks. but the game looks kinda interesting, hope it will be good.

RGDT021
RGDT021

"Cuts staff"... I hope he (or she) didn't need stiches!

ff7cloudking
ff7cloudking

That sucks. I hope that Edge of Twilight doesn't get affected too badly by this. EoT looks like it will be an awesome game.

Deluhathol
Deluhathol

Damn, sad to see a local company in trouble (I'm in NZ ; I always try to support Aus and NZ devs) ; hopefully the game is still released eventually, because it was looking very interesting, probably the most impressive oceanic developed game I've ever seen.

imaidiot
imaidiot

No one probably wants a developer in a country that is going to ban every game developed.

NuKkU
NuKkU

well at least it didnt get canceled

oneligas
oneligas

another company bites the dust, darn. pretty soon there will be only a few game developers left

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

I feel bad for them since they are trying to make a good game in Edge of Twilight.

Witchsight
Witchsight

Oh wow, that intro is uncannily similar to the song Dead Flag Blues by Godspeed

Alucard1475
Alucard1475

If anybody wants me to teach them a lesson, I can do that. They are just 3 clicks down the road where I live.

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

Aww damn i hope it doesnt affect Edge of twilights production......the game looks really interesting i hope its good!

just_for_kicks
just_for_kicks

That sucks for Fuzzyeyes. Hopefully when Edge of Twilight is released they will still be a major part of it

alexkn64
alexkn64

Damn, that sucks. Edge of Twilight had a really unique art style to it.