Layoffs at one Aliens: Colonial Marines dev

TimeGate Studios confirms layoffs, says all projects in development continue to move forward.

TimeGate Studios, the developer that helped create Aliens: Colonial Marines, today enacted a round of layoffs, company president Adel Chaveleh told Polygon.

"Today, we had to make the difficult decision to let go of some great game developers. This is never easy, and we're doing all we can to assist those developers affected," Chaveleh said. "TimeGate is preparing, as is the entire industry, for the transition to next-generation consoles and new business models. As part of this reinvention, all projects and strategic initiatives continue to move forward at the studio."

No specific number of layoffs was provided, though sources told Polygon that about 25 staffers were impacted. These sources also indicated that the cuts were a result of a publishing deal going belly up.

TimeGate Studios most recently assisted Gearbox Software with development on the critically blasted Aliens: Colonial Marines.

The game's mostly negative review scores were partially blamed on the nature of the title's shared development (Nerve Software also contributed to the project), as well as Gearbox's reported mismanagement of production.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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141 comments
Fursnake
Fursnake

It's about time to shut the gate on this developer...and lock it.

DarthLod
DarthLod

This news is not surprising at all.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Gee i wonder why....could it be the crappy licensed game they took forever to put out and had no right to work on in the first place?

Ledah
Ledah

There's no shame when you rip-off your costumers and you show a completely different game like you did back in 2011 E3 with ACM.

HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

no comment here...it's not clear who have done how much of the game Gearbox saying 70% of it was done by TimeGate before we get this and TimeGate saying we haven't done S**T!Sega Blaming Both for being lazy but i don't really care about Sega...it's just some punishment for ya Sega (remember? GENESIS DOES WHAT NINTENDON'T?BLAST PROCESSING?and all that Bit WARS you made back in our childhood?there you have it!)

Uruca
Uruca

Shame on  Gearbox.

necronomicon_02
necronomicon_02

For F*** sake stop this bull****!!! I already sick and tired of this m*****f****** bul***p again. STOP IT!

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

TimeGate gets layoffs, meanwhile Gearbox are counting the dosh from their 2nd succssful Bait-n-Switch scheme.

Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, I'm ashamed.

I really feel bad for Aliens lovers.

icekula
icekula

So the screw-up is finally coming back around full circle.. 6 years = nine months. Any title you spend 6 years in development on should be "revolutionary" by the time it comes out! I don't care what title your working on or what company you work for.. This is the beginning of the end for everyone who was associated in making the title A:CM and the crimes against its fan base. More over the deception towards the gaming community for describing/showcasing a product that would actually never come to be..

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

Suprised the entire company hasn't been shut down for crimes against gamerdom (and Aliens) and Gearbox hasn't been sued for heck of a lot of money.

IrrationalBeast
IrrationalBeast

bad things deserve to happen to people who waste money and lore making bad games.

DAOWAce
DAOWAce

But.. Section 8 wasn't a bad game..

BOSTONJOHN32
BOSTONJOHN32

Has everyone magically 4got about duke nukem?

If i had an art project BUT i paid someone else to do it and when the test came back it FAILED well who is to blame?

This PR stunt is working like it is designed to, to make the gamers blame/hate Timegate and more importantly attatch Timegates name to this mistake removing gearbox from the picture.

Im sorry but many of us wont be fooled by this. 

CapnXtraObvious
CapnXtraObvious

That is one hot looking Alien on top of the marine in that pic.

hellomikie91
hellomikie91

Is EA involved? I mean every time I hear about layoff's from gaming developers, the first thing that comes to mind, is EA games.

felixvarela07
felixvarela07

Gearbox outsourced this game because they could care less,all that talk about this game the promo's all to make a fast buck from Alien Universe lovers.Same thing with Duke Nukem.Pritchard is a big mouthed BS machine.

psuedospike
psuedospike

Bad game, stay standing in the corner Gearbox and think about what you've done.

BOSTONJOHN32
BOSTONJOHN32

What an obvious PR stunt !!

As to say " We cleaned house, we took care of the problem SEE ?"

Meanwhile the smoke and mirrors wont work on us, using those poor souls as the fall guys ultimately at the expense of their livelyhood / jobs / career.

Just like that = no work, so sad and PATHETIC. These guys/gals were @ the bottom of the totem pole only taking orders from the guys @ the top.

Mr. P and management is to blame and there is nothing they can do, no one they can fire other than themselves which can somewhat resolve the mess they created which came from greed and poor management. Did they forget that many consumers lost good money on this game? Its obviously cheaper to just shite can these workers rather than refund God knows how many people.

This is disgusting and i hope someone from Gearbox reads this to which i will some it up in this one line = I thought about boycotting your games but know i have very little to think about, im all set. I feel bad for the workers @ Timegate, trust me when i say they didnt "fire" anyone in corperate and if they did he/she will be getting "re-assigned" , it wasnt their fault, im certain they were genuinely excitied for this project but they arent miracle workers.. Funny how so many "leaks" have come out the past couple weeks from "Timegate" and now the axe job. Just trying to survive and put food on the table and bamnn looking in the classified section in the paper this morning, so sad.

magic_jon14
magic_jon14

Talk about games not maturing, how about the Silent Hill series? Granted its not been  at its best of late but the themes explored in those titles are pretty extreme and mature. He'd have to really push the boat out to top those. 

MoK86
MoK86

ya know i think gamers should be able to sue game developers for false advertising and poor quality. two years ive gone to the Gearbox Community event and i wa s there when they unvield the Aliens colonial marines and last year i paid extra so that i can be up front playing the multiplayer game and after 10mins of gameplay i was slapped in the face with a crappy game. i even asked if this was the final work on the game and they got all huffy puffy and asked why i said that and i told up up front and honest THE GAME SUCKS! and they threw me out. and now the game is out and i got it and the game is as bad if not worst the the beta gaming i did at the event. I think gearbox should be responsible for the loss of jobs for these guys. YOU SUCK GEARBOX

isabela95808
isabela95808

Somewhere somehow there was a communication gap and that cost the franchise a big price. Next time someone puts an aliens in the title, people are going to think twice.


Spartan_N7
Spartan_N7

I must be one of the few who love Aliens... What a shame. Yeah, its not amazing and I can easily think of 20 different things that I dont like about it. Why do I love the game though? Because I'm a HUGE fan of the Universe, and my love for this series overshadows the games individual faults.

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

gearbox fucked up and someone else paid the price gearbox lost my respect for them.

Restivus
Restivus

@Ledah Presenting a flashy aspect is what costumers do best.

BOSTONJOHN32
BOSTONJOHN32

@felixvarela07 

Seems like some of the readers here completely forgot about Duke Nukem.

This PR stunt is working as designed = gamers blame/hate Timegate,lol..

DARKKNIGHTPRABZ
DARKKNIGHTPRABZ

@Spartan_N7  

 but the problem here is the 60 bucks you spent... you coudl of brought a xenomorph action firgure, which has more value. Than giving cash to people who literally could of given you the best game of the year, if they had  tried.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@gamingfrendly lol u mad? Gearbox has never actually been THE developer behind Aliens. It was outsourced to 2 other companies, all Gearbox had to do was to ok what looks at least playable. Shitty studios with no prior hits deserve the fate that's coming to them.

alien33
alien33

Yeah, try some Neca figures or the older snap kit aliens from Hot Toys, those were pretty cool!

BOSTONJOHN32
BOSTONJOHN32

@Morphine_OD @gamingfrendly 

Who do you think wrote the checks and signed the sub contracts? Sega? lol.. No it was Gearbox also when sub contracted they must adhere to what ever they are asked and its clear that they were pressured to work miracles.

gearbox had this contract from sega for God knows how long and i just hope that a company like visceral may make the next one because i think they will be able to "commit" more due to dead space being taken out of EA's rotation next year etc.

There have been many leaks from Timegate and maybe you should read a bit of it because its eye opening

veryfrost
veryfrost

@Morphine_OD @gamingfrendly 

Gearbox was the contractor to SEGA for 6 years and bears all the responsibility for developing "new generation FPS". No one else to blame but Gearbox. Gearbox easily could have created A:CM A:CM2 and A:CM3 during those 6 years. 

BOSTONJOHN32
BOSTONJOHN32

@felixvarela07 @BOSTONJOHN32 

Im happy someone can see through the smoke and mirrors, this is one big PR stunt..

Also a few from timegate gave kotaku info which was damaging to gearbox so they needed to clean house anyway because no leaky pipes in the basement.

Stogin
Stogin

@Morphine_OD @BOSTONJOHN32 @gamingfrendly Wow, someone's a true Gearbox fanboy and truly unwilling to look at this objectively.  Randy Pitchford, is that you??? Tell me, besides Borderlands, what good games has Gearbox made recently??

Stogin
Stogin

@Morphine_OD @veryfrost Go to Kotaku, they have a giant rundown of how all of these events happened.  You'll never get 100% proof because on these things that NEVER happens, you'll only hear from employees under anonymity.  This is true from any industry, Gearbox wanted to focus on Borderlands and threw everything else under the bus, they deserve the hate for this because they were the ones proclaiming to every site how much they loved the universe and wanted a great Aliens game for the fans.  Regardless of who developed it, they're the ones that were taking all responsibility until it came out and people realized it sucked, now they're backpedalling saying that Timegate did a lot of the work.  They deserve the hate for this much more than Timegate does.

BOSTONJOHN32
BOSTONJOHN32

@veryfrost 

The demo which the press got was actually what THIS pile of poo was supposed to settle into BUT Timegate was not nearly as at fault as the managment / gearbox was. Thats why if Sega makes a claim it will be against gearbox not Timegate. It was Gearbox responsibilty period and they ARE developers but played the role as micromanging contracters and as the saying goes too many cooks, You got the publisher micromanaging as well as dev team and then you have 2 other dev teams meshed 2gether expected to work a miracle. This was one big PR stunt, as in life the ones with deepest pockets usually end up without a scratch.

veryfrost
veryfrost

@Morphine_OD @veryfrost @gamingfrendly Actually if you follow recent news regarding A:CM, you should know that Gearbox scraped Timegate's high end DEMO version so that the game would be applicable for the consoles too. Timegate did what Gearbox asked, problem is that Gearbox DIDN'T give the technical specifications to Timegate. 

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@veryfrost @Morphine_OD @gamingfrendly well, since Gearbox was mighty busy creating Borderlands and Borderlands 2 during these 6 years, I don't blame them at all. And no one asked Timegate and the second studio to make a shitty game, all guilt is theirs to take.