Raven winged by layoffs

Wisconsin developer of Singularity, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance reportedly sees payroll trimmed by around 20.

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Activision has confirmed that its Madison, Wisconsin-based studio Raven has been hit by job cuts. According to a corporate spokesperson, roughly 20 people have been laid off from the studio following the release of its time-bending shooter Singularity this summer.

With the completion of Singularity, Raven is trimming its payroll.

"With the recent completion of Singularity, Raven Software is realigning its workforce to better reflect the studio's upcoming slate," a corporate spokesperson told GameSpot.

Raven had been rumored to be working on DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops, the reportedly preorder-record-breaking game from another internal Activision studio, Treyarch. The layoffs come just over one year after Activision laid off nearly three dozen developers from Raven after it completed work on another shooter, Wolfenstein.

In Singularity, gamers play as Nate, an air force pilot who, in the early parts of the game, is scrambled to investigate some strange happenings on an island off the coast of Russia. After Nate's plane crashes, he discovers a mysterious time-manipulation device and must use it to unlock the mysteries of the island while staying alive in the process. Oddly enough, the device also effects time-traveling complications where the game bounces between 2010 and 1950.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Singularity.

Discussion

72 comments
x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Singularity was an awesome game.

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

Maybe if they developed relevant games, this wouldn't have happened. The fired people should go to Respawn Entertainment lol

mrDeviousArrows
mrDeviousArrows

@N0Tyr yeah, i know, what i meant to say is that Activision has arguably the biggest franchise in video games + wow, starcraft, deal with Bungie, so laying off half of Raven's staff in the last year- WTF. It seems to me that Raven could soon be relegated to an auxiliary studio, commissioned to do movie tie-ins and dlc, or even be absorbed, which is a shame.

karloss01
karloss01

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KotickIsGenius
KotickIsGenius

Guys, most likely Kotick had nothing to do with this, this was probably the decision of the little people that work under him. Activision is one of, if not the best and most successful gaming companies there is....Have a little faith in them, they know what there doing. There just saving there shareholders some money by throwing out the slackers.

acer_062
acer_062

Does anyone still work for activision???

Gooeykat
Gooeykat

Sad to hear. They developed of some of my favorite games...Quake 4, Jedi Outcast, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

not smart to lay off your people after a project... i dunno why companies do that... who needs extra staff for a shooter anyways? oh well, hoprfully raven will remain open for many years to come...

JaJDoo
JaJDoo

well their last 4 games were so forgettable it was bound to happen.....

Rhino53
Rhino53

Kotick has the worst hair ever

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

@ mrDeviousArrows The costs of those billboards are like chump change to Kotick. If the guy would just shut his mouth for like a minute and he would have earned Raven's staff salary back in a heartbeat.

TerrorRizzing
TerrorRizzing

thats what happens when you focus too much on consoles, there just isnt much room for devs like raven on the consoles.

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

That's too bad. Being from Wisconsin (and attending the University of, which is also in Madison) I've always rooted for Raven. It's really too bad Singularity wasn't a bigger hit, and I think it would've been had it not taken so long to come out. Of course, it probably would have been a worse game, so it's sort of a catch-22. Too bad though; I always thought they were an innovative dev in the sci-fi/fantasy shooter genre.

Animatronic64
Animatronic64

I actually feel sorry for Raven. Quake 4 happens to have one of my favorite single-player fps campaigns on the PC. I also wanted to give Singularity a shot, however, it's published by Activision. Unfortunately for Raven, I boycott Activision by not buying any products published by them, and will continue to do so until they change for the better.

mrDeviousArrows
mrDeviousArrows

I can understand this. I mean Activision had find a way to pay for those Billboards in Times Square-- thanks, Raven!

Shakezulah
Shakezulah

A great developer like Raven doesn't deserve to have this happen to them. That's a real shame.

MischiefmAker
MischiefmAker

"Hey guys, thanks for making this game for us!... Now gtfo."

D1zzyCriminal
D1zzyCriminal

Raven are a great dev, this is a shame. Singularity could have been a big hit if it had got the right kind of promotion. You know the kind that the biggest game publisher in the world is meant to do. Similar to the kind of excessive hype a certain other first person shooter franchise gets... But its OK because there is one thing that gamers love more than playing games crafted with dedication and soul, is making fat cats some hard earned dolla'

FusionHunterX
FusionHunterX

I gonna support these guys from now on. I live 40 mins. from this place. Go Wisconsin! lol

Aidan125
Aidan125

This is disgusting, Raven are veterns. Thanks Activition.

rexprimoris
rexprimoris

I'm very sorry to hear about these layoffs. Raven has created some really great titles, including some of my personal favorites, "Jedi Outcast" and "Jedi Academy" and "Soldier of Fortune."

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. I've always been an id Software loyalist.

blackfray
blackfray

wow... no surprises for it's previous games specially wolfenstein which was truly an insult to the hole series but, Singularity is actually a very great old school FPS with a lot of interesting ideas, frankly i enjoyed it a lot more than Bioshock 2; as everyone mentioned below it's all Activision's fault. there were some days that i actually liked Activision a lot more than EA but with the past few years specially the recent events looks like it's even worse than EA!

Vishant
Vishant

They probably hired the 20 to get the game out the door, then fired them. Why not have another project ready for Raven to move onto? Just means Acti can make more of a profit from the game to off-set the losses incurred from Raven's previous relatively poor sales

Trogeton
Trogeton

Wow what is with all the layoffs in the developing companies and it's bad enough that the unemployment is high where I live but MAN this is crazy

asimplerapper
asimplerapper

@KotickIsGenius Lol WTH??? odd profile you have there.

KotickIsGenius
KotickIsGenius

It's just Activision weeding out all the slackers, all big companies do this all the time....hire a bunch to get a job done, then when it's finished keep the good, and lose the bad....it's just good business strategy.

TheClown24
TheClown24

We should start a worldwide revolt against Bobby Kotick's tyrannic rule of the gaming industry

TheClown24
TheClown24

I enjoyed Wolfenstein and Jedi Knight II is one of my favourite games, but Quake 4 was a bit dumb and Singularity was so derivative, however I do like Raven and I hope that this wont be followed by something worse.

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

These people will get more jobs, it's not like they lack experience or anything.

jedikevin2
jedikevin2

Nothing special here. Studios these days seem to do this all the time. Release a couple games, cut staff... either make enough sales to rehire people, go under, or put the few left on extreme stress to produced another game. If that game is successful, rehire people. I feel bad for anyone in the game industry. They have 0 job security.

azurik15
azurik15

Quake 4,Wolfenstein and Singularity are big disappoint.I miss Jedi Knight 2 and Star Trek Elite Force.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Singularity looks like a good game, I haven't got round to that among many others of late.... and I won't be getting round to it any time soon with FO New Vegas and a baby on the way.

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

well its a shame that Singularity received no advertising at all, if it had maybe it would of sold a decent amount of copies, instead of virtually none, cause its a pretty good game

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

so thats how activision treats their devs... if the game they make doesnt sell 2 million copies people get fired. >_>

SeriousSean
SeriousSean

This may not have been necessary if Activision actually advertised Singularity enough to get it some better sales. It's too bad that Raven is owned by Activision, they've released some really cool games in the past.

Tarmac_Hunter
Tarmac_Hunter

The Prince of Darkness himself, Sata... err, Bobby Kotick, strikes again!

Barighm
Barighm

NO!! Not Raven! I want more X-Men Legends and Ultimate Alliance games, not generic shooters I've already played a gajillion times!

Jaga_Telesin
Jaga_Telesin

Singularity did a lot of things right. Hopefully people let go from the team find good jobs elsewhere.

Altaireed
Altaireed

That sucks,Singularity was certainly not revolutionary game,but it was fun as hell!

ryanreynolds
ryanreynolds

Now it's more than obvious that Activision are really killing Raven...Run,while you still can,Raven!

fritigoerd
fritigoerd

Evil Actimiktion ...... wonder whar will happen to Bungie ? 50 job cuts??? Too bad for the people that lost their jobs .... theres nothing like "Good job on x game ..... now you are fired" ... while Kotick still lingers .... miss the days of Jack Thompson , at least that dumb *** never did any damage....

FireDrake700
FireDrake700

I wish they could make another JK game... I know that isn't going to happen... but one would only hope.

oKiRe
oKiRe

They really should release Hexen 1 and/or 2 for the Xbox Live Arcade.

dkpunk
dkpunk

@irishscott99 EVEN SOF? Both games were great in their own repsect.