Perpetual clarifies layoff details

Company confirms headcount reductions, disputes unconfirmed numbers reported earlier.

While last week's reports of layoffs at San Francisco game developer Perpetual Entertainment fired up the water-cooler conversations among industry insiders--as well as prompting a company official, president and cofounder Chris McKibbin, to confirm the hit to headcount in the Gods & Heroes forum--a conversation with McKibbin today cast a different light on the matter.

McKibbin said that the headcount reductions were a natural course of any big-budget, art- and content-intensive project. He said those who had left the company of late had done so only after their contracts had been rolled over a number of times and said Perpetual would be "more than happy" to employ all those people again when the art needs ramped up.

He called reduction numbers reported earlier on Web site Gamasutra as not entirely accurate, but declined to offer substitute figures. However, he said today that the number of staffers reduced from the Star Trek Online team totaled four, significantly lower than rumored.

Finally, as he did in the forum post, McKibbin emphasized the existing 150 staffers at Perpetual were "deeply committed" to both Gods & Heroes and Star Trek Online, and that the company is continuing to hire, most heavily in engineering roles.

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18 comments
Zoomer30
Zoomer30

Its what happens when a project is canned (STO anyone? We have as much chance of seeing that as seeing a release date or DNF)

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

Sad that this happens right before Christmas. But, well, someone is losing a job somewhere right now... probably.

Hades_30
Hades_30

I might sounds cold-hearted, but I am not so worried for the people who lost their jobs. They are in a profession that is still growing and their jobs are in-demand, even if they aren't wanted at P.E., another company will probably pick them up. What I am worried about is Gods & Heroes and it's future. Layoffs, delays, changes to the game that we don't know about yet are all bad signs.

thestrateger
thestrateger

i don't very like this game but i know this forum can do the game to be more popular.

Cloud737
Cloud737

Heh, I guess you`re right about that andvari. It`s worse if you`re fired right after Christmas. But being fired before Christmas is still sad. It ruins all your holiday spirit.

andvari101
andvari101

Just offering a different opinion.... Would you rather find out your loosing your job right BEFORE christmas, and before you splurge on the holidays? Or would you rather find out right AFTER christmas, when you just dropped lots of money on presents and vacations? Of course the correct answer is you wouldn't want to loose the job in the first place, but sometimes you have to find the lesser of two evils.

hangyourcross
hangyourcross

Their logo gives me Sega Saturn flashbacks. :(

Robodonkey
Robodonkey

Ironic, considering the company name.

cygnusloop99
cygnusloop99

Bend over. Time for your Christmas preasnt.

GIF
GIF

I lost my job in October so yeah, this would suck to be having to worry about a job right before Christmas. Its a swift kick to the nuts.

CheddarLimbo
CheddarLimbo

Boy, that's a kick in the pants getting laid off around the holidays. Hopefully they're able to get some more work elsewhere.

TryMe01
TryMe01

why announce this so close to xmas?

SqueekyC1ean
SqueekyC1ean

I JUDT HOPE THIS DOESNT SLOW DOWN STAR TREK ONLINE :O

Re_ensurer
Re_ensurer

I wonder what they're going to do to get back up to speed.

datniccah187
datniccah187

Poor people finding out they're losing their jobs right before christmas.