Murdered: Soul Suspect developer cuts 14 jobs, no projects affected

Airtight Games enacts round of layoffs "as part of a necessary restructuring."

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Murdered: Soul Suspect developer Airtight Games has cut 14 jobs from its Redmond, Washington office, the studio confirmed in a statement. No projects are affected by the move.

"We regret to confirm that we have laid off 14 staff members yesterday afternoon as part of a necessary restructuring," an Airtight spokesperson told IGN. "This restructuring is part of the normal ebb and flow of game production. Existing projects are on schedule and Airtight Games is actively seeking partners for exciting upcoming projects."

Airtight designer Kim Swift, who helped create the Portal series, also left the company to take a job at Amazon Game Studios. Murdered: Soul Suspect launches June 3 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. The game runs in native 1080p on Xbox One and PS4.

Murdered: Soul Suspect is set in Salem, Massachusetts, the location of the Salem witch trials in 1692, which saw public executions of those convicted of witchcraft. The story begins with protagonist Ronan O'Connor's death at the hands of an unknown assailant. He must then interrogate the ghosts of Salem to learn more about his killer.

For more on Murdered: Soul Suspect, be sure to check out GameSpot's previous coverage, including our recent hands-on preview.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

39 comments
Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Another award winning article by Eddie describing normal things that happen in the world.

GameFan1983
GameFan1983

it'd be the best in anyone's interest to cut all the jobs and  cancel this game. from what has been showing so far, it won't make it.

kingtrax
kingtrax

"location of the Salem witch trials in 1692"  What is the point of saying this?  Is there anyone who doesn't know this?  And how in the world does that relate to the game?  


Grand Theft Auto 5 doesn't say "location of the OJ Simpson trials in 1995".  ...maybe it should?

console_war_vet
console_war_vet

This is one of my most anticipated games this year! Really love the concept...hope those devs get back on their feet soon. 

Vodoo
Vodoo

I can't wait to play this. Finally a game that isn't another "me-too" clone of something else. A ghost detective... Don't think that's been done before.

daviz88
daviz88

another one? rough start for this generation

repetitious
repetitious

graphics are so last gen, ps4 only owners wont buy this, its not to their standard, hmph, gameplay is meaningless

Flubbbs
Flubbbs

that game sounds so terrible

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

So why should I learn game design again?

dragonkantus4
dragonkantus4

i will only buy it if i can play as female hehehehe

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Well that means they're done with asset production.


Such a healthy industry, it has not crashed at all, no sir.

ggregd
ggregd

Murdered: Soul Suspect developer cuts 14 jobs

These guys don't mess around.  When they cut jobs, they cut jobs.  Permanently.

chewbacca72
chewbacca72

At the rate all these poor slobs in the gaming industry are being restructured, somebody should come up with Resume Builder DLC.

playstationzone
playstationzone

its like sqaureEnix saying thanks for helping  makeing the game bye we dont need you anymore.

playstationzone
playstationzone

So how come there jobs cuts even the game hasn,t come out but i still getting this and yes 2 months until E3214 people.

khuzko
khuzko

everyone is copying sony's restructuring idea - another victory for sony

Vodoo
Vodoo

Been waiting for this game for a while now. Can't wait! It just sucks that it comes out a week after Watch Dogs. That's gonna be an expensive week.

ECH71
ECH71

Painful to hear.


I know it's not an industry full of "older" folks but I hope none of those laid off were old -- it's can be so much more difficult for them to find work.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

This game is at the top of my wanted list.  Please be good.

mikebell1983
mikebell1983

It looks like Airtight Games

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Is deflating

I'm here all week.

Jay2528
Jay2528

@Thanatos2k This was apparently reported by other sites like IGN (they are even mentioned in this article) so it seems it is not just Eddie reporting it.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@kingtrax It could have been Virginia Beach, VA where they also had witch trials at one point. there is even a road named Witchduck road in VA Beach for this reason.

normanislost
normanislost

1 I didn't know that not being american and all

2 have you considered the Salem witch trials are part of the games story? So actually has some meaning

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

@khuzko  yea but, they didn't sell the building out from under them 1st

Vodoo
Vodoo

This game was a last-gen game up to January, when they announced it would be cross-gen. Anything that's ever been shown was last gen. They never showed anything from the newer consoles.