Layoffs hit Elite: Dangerous dev

14 staffers let go from David Braben's Cambridge, UK-based studio currently working on Kickstarter project.

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Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier Developments has enacted a round of layoffs. A statement provided to Eurogamer from the Cambridge, UK-based company confirms 14 of the studio's 233 staff (about 6 percent) were let go last week. The cuts came from a range of departments, including art, animation, and audio.

Frontier managing director David Walsh said the layoffs came as a result of "the changing mix of skills requirements for our current and future projects." The company, led by industry veteran David Braben, recently took to Kickstarter for its Elite revival, Elite: Dangerous.

The drive has gathered £781,172 ($1,266,279) of its £1,250,000 ($2,024,000) goal with 18 days remaining. According to the statement, this project and others "remain healthy." If Elite: Dangerous reaches its Kickstarter funding goal, it is planned to be released by March 2014.

Discussion

4 comments
Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

I have HIgh hopes for this game I LOVED the first game that came out. BUT lost the plastic view security decoder.  I would still play the first game if it was on PSP or Vita.   

SolidTy
SolidTy

Man, it's a tough time to lose your job, I hope they saved some cash.

00J
00J

Gone are the days when a game can be developed for infinite amounts of time. The programmers and developers need lightning charged fingers. Middleware! 

The_Last_Paladi
The_Last_Paladi

Man it seems like lay-offs always happen around the holiday seasons :(