God of War PSP studio axes 13

Ready at Dawn sends staffers packing months before Ghost of Sparta release; blames cutbacks on nature of being an indie shop.

In May, Sony revealed God of War: Ghost of Sparta would return the ultraviolent mythological series to the PSP. The studio behind the project is Ready at Dawn, the independent studio behind the first God of War title for Sony's portable, Chains of Olympus. (The studio also handled the Wii port of Capcom's Okami.)

Ghost of Sparta isn't out until the fall, but Ready at Dawn is already reducing staff.

Although Ghost of Sparta won't be released until this fall, the Irvine, California-based Ready at Dawn is already making the sort of staff cuts that usually follow the completion of a project. In an announcement on its official Web site, the company lamented the move, which it says is the nature of the indie-development beast.

"Most days we feel privileged to do what we do. Some days not so much. Today just plain sucks," read the post. "We've spent the majority of our time at RAD hiring the best and most talented people to join our team. Today, we had to let go of 13 of these people because we simply couldn't keep them on board while one project finishes and another ramps up. Unfortunately, these are the woes of being independent…"

Due out "later this year," Ghost of Sparta will feature an all-new storyline set between the PlayStation 2 games God of War and God of War II. It will follow the series' protagonist, the ruthless Spartan warrior Kratos, as he assumes the reins of power as the Greek god of war after killing the previous title-holder, Ares. Over the course of the game, various parts of Kratos' backstory will be revealed, including the origins of his scar and tattoo.

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bka4u2c_basic
bka4u2c_basic

Wow, now Obama is to blame for 13 layoffs at Ready at Dawn. Seriously? So looking forward to this title though. First one was done great and won't expect any less from this one.

Melchior111
Melchior111

"Great game you made guys!... now scram." Even w/ the economy as it is, that ain't nice to hear after some hard work

akz_chris
akz_chris

oh..yeah i wanna know what happened to him when he was child and how he made himself the immortal warrior and i wanna know everything about him,his my favourite warrior...i wait for it

BradBurns
BradBurns

Actually, mariokart64fan, FreeRadical is or maybe I should say, was, an England-based development studio. So, FreeRadical's closure has more to do with the many economic problems that England is going through right now than anything else...I wouldn't feel too bad for FreeRadical though because they were purchased by the Germany-based Crytek. Codemasters was also purchased by an Indian company of all things, must be impossible for an independent developer to survive in England on their own under the current economic conditions there...

knoxyknight
knoxyknight

Its good to know that even employees that develop good, successful games, aren't even immune to layoffs. Look at rockstar san diego.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

you can blame obama , , for half of all this , especally freeradical , hopefully , psp gets this gow , if not that would be bad for fans ,

haris9211
haris9211

Hopefully GoW GoS won't be delayed because of this.

Talldude80
Talldude80

The lay offs are too bad, but if the game gets great reviews (like we mostly assume it will) they wont be out of work for long. Cant wait to play this game!

coaltango
coaltango

dont feel bad for those 13 guys im sure they will get a job anywhere in the gaming industry. best of luck to them & the God Of War Franchise

XanderZane
XanderZane

That's what happens when you're independent and there is no new project for you to take over. They can hire all those guys back once "Ready at Dawn" gets a new assignment. Most of these developers are aware of these things and plan way ahead in advance with their funds. I don't think they will be out of work for long.

perfect_player1
perfect_player1

@shani_boy101 The scar over his right eye is the one I believe he is talking about if we already know the story behind the scar across his stomach...

hyksiu
hyksiu

Ready at down are actually gods! Those 13 just decided to come down to the mortals.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

it must suck to be one of those guys. and Thorsen, which scar are you talking about? The one in his torso is explained (or shown) in GoW 2.

solidsilversolo
solidsilversolo

im sure those 13 people got paid tons of money. and wont be hard for them to get another job.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

That sucks for being independent. :(

PSFreak1
PSFreak1

very sad to hear :( but still Ghost of Sparta will be awesome! Its in good hands people :P

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

That really sucks for the staff who were let go :(

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

That really does suck :( I feel bad for those who lost their job.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Too bad Okami didn't sell on the Wii, its sad to see good companies go under.

finalserenade75
finalserenade75

This is sad to hear :( I hope the economy gets back up faster, and good luck to the RAD staff.

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

hope they get back in shape someday becoming one of the most succesful game developer studios with full staff but well u have my simpathies RAD to layoff people is to let go the water of everyday in amanner of saying :(

geomyr
geomyr

can't wait for this game :):):)

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Damn, that's cold. The game's not even finished and they got dumped. That's a fine how do ya do for your hard work.

clqtte
clqtte

US economy is still a bad game...

5j3553
5j3553

This game looks even better than COO. I hope the story is longer though... :P

jazzyrider
jazzyrider

Wow! then again it doesn't surprise me in this economy. you would think its over. i just hope the game isn't delayed!

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

It's crappy that game designers making quality games get cut while you have teams making garbage games that they know will do terrible from the start. Makes me sad that all the hard work just gets disregarded while people that make the most banal games out there continue to get paid. Though nothing against people working at those crappy companies doing it to have a job, I don't blame you, just industry sucks.

pikadeth
pikadeth

So they're the geniuses that used the IGN logo on their Okami cover! The money that they spent on that mistake could have easily paid for all 13 lay offs!

blancobo
blancobo

Tor neglected to mention that RAD developed Daxter, one of the first successful PSP Sony published exclussives, even before GoW ChoO, and Okami (port). GS also neglected to mention that RAD had a change of heart after the development of ChoO, when the game Director forecasted that was THE last PSP developed game due to Sony's lack of risk taking during the development of the game in order to create a more massive experience. Y'all may remember how short was the first PSP GoW game. Great news the PSP is getting this game this fall for the sake of entertainment. Hopefully this one will have a longer story mode. Finally... if the studio is already reducing size to finalize development, it may also signify the game is quite advanced and the publisher is only awaiting for the busy Fall/Xmas window of $$$.

zaibutzu
zaibutzu

You squeeze them for their worth, and then just throw them in the trash...