Silicon Knights confirms layoffs, teases sequel - Report

Too Human developer confirms staff cuts, says it is currently focused on making "one of its most requested titles for the next generation."

Reports of staff cuts at Canadian studio Silicon Knights surfaced earlier this week, claiming that 75 percent of the studio's employees had been laid off, including the entirety of the studio's human resources department.

Silicon Knights' most recent release, X-Men Destiny, did not meet with critical success.

Silicon Knights today confirmed the layoffs in a Kotaku report, saying that the studio had dismissed 43 employees, just under half of its work force, after an unnamed publisher pulled out of an unnamed project.

Although the studio declined to name the publisher, it did confirm that it was not Activision, which last worked with Silicon Knights on this year's X-Men Destiny. According to the report, Silicon Knights is still working on the unnamed project and is currently in discussion with potential publishers.

Addressing the Canadian government grant received by the studio in July this year to help with attracting more jobs, Silicon Knights said that it is still on track to meet the performance targets outlined in the grant over the next five years.

The way the studio plans to do this is by returning to its roots and making "one of its most requested titles for the next generation." In May this year, Silicon Knights expressed interest in returning to the Too Human trilogy, despite the first game's lackluster critical and commercial reception.

Silicon Knights has released four games since 2000, including X-Men Destiny for the Xbox 360, 2008's Xbox 360-exclusive Too Human, 2004's remake Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, and 2002's Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem.

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BWGgy
BWGgy

Only game I'd care to have from them would be Eternal Darkness 2

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

Too human was amazing, if people would actually give it the time of day and not go in expecting something else, just go in with an open mind and it is fantastic, certainly not as bad as everyone makes out. the only game they've done that is rubbish to my knowledge is this Xmen Destiny

Supabul
Supabul

They really went backwards didn't they started with the amazing Eternal Darkness and ended with the awful X-men Destiny Silicon Knight could of been a great studio what happened

sonic-boom
sonic-boom

@nintendoboy16 I'd argue that Too Human II is a bigger risk considering its critical failure and its commercial success wasn't much better.. Silicon Knights is in a lot of trouble either way and if their next game isn't a success then it's likely game over

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@sonic-boom They would be taking a huge risk by going back to Eternal Darkness, as that game was a commercial failure.

chesucks
chesucks

X-Men Destiny 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-p

thaxeus
thaxeus

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Henninger
Henninger

Oh my god please tell me their going back to Eternal Darkness!?!?!?!?! That would make my day!!!! Eternal Darkness was 1 of the most underrated games ever!!! Definately a gem on the GameCube. If u've never played Eternal Darkness, I can say u r definately missing out on a great experience. I wont even clue u in cuz the shock when u play that game is great. One of my favorite games of all time! So if any publisher actually knows what their working on & if its a new Eternal Darkness, PLEASE pick this title up. This is a day 1 buy 4 me.

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

I hope it is ED 2, I don't know how many hours I dumped into the first one but a sequel with the power of even modern consoles would be insane.

angelbless
angelbless

I really hope they r talking about ED2 as everyone... Geez, I would even buy an HD remake of the first one. :o

X-RS
X-RS

Sega or THQ?

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

The only title they could be talking about is a sequel to Eternal Darkness. Anything else is just BS. If it is the sequel to ED, I wouldn't be surprised if they've been talking to Nintendo about the Wii U.

Richmaester6907
Richmaester6907

4 games in 11 years I would call them lazy but when you look at 3D realms all is forgiven at least they bloody tried when they failed. If there is another too human they had better not make it as annoying as the original because it has good potential.

sonic-boom
sonic-boom

If it's not Eternal Darkness 2, then they're taking a huge risk

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

Im not gonna lie...Too Human and Xmen Destiny was the 2 worst game I have ever played, its no suprise that they are laying off people

ToTs_00
ToTs_00

My guess is Eternal Darkness 2 for the WiiU since to the best of my knowledge Nintendo owns the rights to Eternal Darkness.

duniacz
duniacz

cant wait too human 2

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

I like the way you think, zequex, but if Nintendo has proven anything this generation with the Wii, it's that they aren't really willing to take a risk on anything that isn't going to be a guaranteed hit, especially when it comes to "hardcore" games in North America. An Eternal Darkness sequel would certainly make my day since the first was definitely something special, but even if it gets made, Nintendo would probably balk at it. Take the recent business with Xenoblade Chronicles. In spite of critical acclaim, it looks like NoA won't be bringing it because it won't sell big like their casual titles. It would likely sell well given the buzz, but not well enough for them. Such thinking might also be the reason we didn't get Fatal Frame 4. Even Dead Space isn't immune. Despite its acclaim, it sold poorly on the Wii. The casual crowd is the loudest group in the Wii fanbase, and they aren't buying those types of games. Our best bet for Eternal Darkness would be on either Sony or Microsoft's consoles (current or future), but that would raise production costs, and I don't see Silicon Knights being in any condition for such a move given their current woes. Let's hope a good publisher decides to take a risk on them. Maybe Atlus will come through for us?

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

SO, they're finaly going to do an Eternal Darkness sequel, after they laid off half their workforce? Best of luck with that.

zequex
zequex

@ArabrockermanX Your logic has me enthused. I love Eternal Darkness and, playing through it keep thinking how simple an HD remake/sequel would be. As it was one of the more critically acclaimed third party GC titles it would seem like a win/win for Nintendo and Silicon Knights to come out of the gate with an HD Eternal Darkness. It appeals to the Nintendo fanbase, the "hardcore" gamer, the HD fanatics and (knowing Eternal Darkness) would have TONS of creepy mind-bending stuff using the controller. Anything can happen and it may not even be good but I think it is the most likely scenario. ...I'm trying REALLY hard not to get my hopes up too high. :D

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

Either Too Human, which was heavily requested, or Eternal Darkness, which obviously was their best game and the most requested to have a sequel. Whatever it is, don't disappoint us Silicon, show you're down but not out.

Vampire64
Vampire64

Eternal Darkness is a Nintendo brand :)

mdboomer
mdboomer

Which next gen platform, it took them 10 years to make Too Human

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@Ni6htSorrow "for the next generation." Also "This combined with the fact Nintendo had trademarked the title once again, spawned rumours that another Eternal Darkness game would be made as a launch title for the Wii U." (last part being from wikipedia so reliability is questionable) So from what I know if its ED it will go to Nintendo if they really own the name.

Roger_Smith
Roger_Smith

I express interest in a new Blood Omen.

collinmul
collinmul

"one of its most requested titles for the next generation." Its gotta be Eternal Darkness. Of all their work, that one had the most rabid fan base. They need a hit; that's the business side of making games. And their best chance is with Eternal Darkness.

Ni6htSorrow
Ni6htSorrow

Hopefully an Eternal Darkness part 2 for 360 and PS3. Would be nice to experience those WTF?!? scary/crazy moments in HD.

Barighm
Barighm

Sounds to me like they're cutting the fat and trying to be lean and mean from here on out. Probably for the best.

Archangel3371
Archangel3371

I'd really like to see a Too Human 2 as well but an Eternal Darkness sequel seems more likely, not that's a bad thing of course.

firedrakes
firedrakes

here is the biggest issue with the company. fire the people that simple kept ok all the bad decision for this games

trdrstv
trdrstv

PLEASE... be an HD sequel to Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem...

Devil_dante03
Devil_dante03

I dont know why so many people knocked Too Human...I freakin loved that game.....

CincoToes
CincoToes

@strayfies What you're asking for sounds like journalism. Video games and sports are two areas you're gonna have a damn hard time finding actual journalism. Don't hold your breath.

MelancholyDitz
MelancholyDitz

I really hope it's a sequel to Eternal Darkness!

vadicta
vadicta

I don't know if I want them to do anything with Eternal Darkness, seeing as how they've strayed.

RE2LeonS
RE2LeonS

I'd be happy if they just ported Eternal Darkness, unfortunately though Nintendo has that game wrapped around their finger without any intent on even releasing it for the Wii..

stailcookie
stailcookie

The Dominos marketing strategy doesn't work on most people. Rip people off selling garbage for years, you don't get to say you're going to do a GOOD job now so buy our shh...tuff..

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

Eternal Darkness 2, its their only hope as far as I'm concerned.

WTA2k5
WTA2k5

So they announce that they've gotten rid of half of their employees and teased their new game at the same time? Classy.

strayfies
strayfies

"Addressing the Canadian government grant received by the studio in July this year", boy this article really could have focused on this. Taking a grant to open more jobs, the company lays off almost half its workers one quarter later?

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

I liked Too Human alot personally.

reptar707
reptar707

I really enjoyed Too Human, yes it had its fair share of faults, but in all i thought that it was a sturdy game with an interesting story. I would love to see them continue the trilogy because now they know what to do right and what they need to fix.

Blue-Sky
Blue-Sky

This got eternal darkness written all over it.

OurSin-360
OurSin-360

Sad to hear, honestly i think whoever is lead designer needs to get the axe they haven't had a good game in a decade. Their always blaming somebody else for why their game isn't good (like when they sued Epic and Crystal Dynamics) and now laying off all these people. I think it's time to take a look at the core design philosophy as to why these games are not successful.

tab134
tab134

considering all the great devolopers getting shut down in recent years, how the hell is silicon knights still around.

EndlessPunisher
EndlessPunisher

Wouldn't mind seeing another Too human game, first one had a lot of potential. I would love to see it redeem itself with a good sequel.

Nightrain50
Nightrain50

too human would've done better on PS3

Solidsnake13_2
Solidsnake13_2

Eternal Darkness 2, its enough said. Had they just went back to making Eternal Darkness 2 a long time ago, Silicon Knights would'nt be going through the trouble they going through right now. I hope Nintendo just says F it and announce the game already. Cause thats the only game I say thats making Silicon Knights go back to there roots.