Take-Two closes Rockstar Vienna?

Developer's blog reports closure of Austrian development house, 100 developers out of work.

LOS ANGELES--According to the blog of developer Jurie Horneman, Take-Two Interactive has closed its Rockstar Vienna studio, leaving more than 100 employees without a job.

"This morning, as I came into work, I was greeted by security guards," Horneman wrote in a post today. "It turned out Take-Two has closed their Rockstar Vienna office, effective immediately, 'due to the challenging environment facing the video game business and our Company during this platform transition.'"

The Rockstar Vienna studio dates back to 1983. Formerly known as neo Software Produktions, it changed its name when it became a Rockstar studio in 1993. Its catalog of games includes the Xbox versions of Max Payne, Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions of Max Payne 2.

Take-Two and Rockstar representatives did not immediately return requests for comment.

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nik_cscz
nik_cscz

good ideotism to leave all the talents jobless

DevJin
DevJin

so, i don't care.

Najikill
Najikill

Sad... So sad... Go for you own studio mates!

Mooch174
Mooch174

Eh, I saw that coming for a while...I mean, the studio basically hasn't done anything except port R* games to other consoles, and since the newer games have been developed on all platforms simultaneously, R* Vienna really has no further reason to exist.

tomkat69pc
tomkat69pc

ok, i will never buy games anymore from rockstar and take-two. greetings from austria

gibb1
gibb1

things like this happen in portugal every day...

dancingmad79
dancingmad79

well, my deepest sympathy for those...it's not easy to get a good job as game-developer here in austria. propably the graphic-designer would have a chance to get another one, but unlike the job market for normal developers the ratio for jobs to applicants is here 1:10 instead of 10:1...so good luck and best wishes! And don't forget to get all your overtime payed...that could be expansive for Take 2

Schillinger
Schillinger

Rockstar are obviously not the most union friendly company

ewjim
ewjim

Well, well, what can i say - that's BAD!

kingofps3
kingofps3

THIS IS SAD AND FEEL BAD FOR THE EMPLOYEES THERE. I THINK I AM BEINGING TO DISLIKE ROCKSTAR GAMES AND ESPECAILLY TAKE-TWO.

rbarahona
rbarahona

It's really sad that they had to close this studio. They have very talented people working there. I hope that they can find a job quickly.

asianartist
asianartist

Hahaha, this isn't a bad thing; refresh yourself on life and get that edge you need to work on the real next gen title... it's out there and you might find it on your time off. Besides, time off is great in small doses for those in the industry. I know you love the crunch, but it is nice seeing my family's face in person once in a while...

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

That is really too bad... another blow to Rockstar and Take-Two.

playwrite
playwrite

with a resume like that, they shouldn't have any problems. on the other hand, everyone is in this position right now, so getting a job is not so easy. unless they want to help with Super Smash Bros. Brawl!

MiracleMan512
MiracleMan512

That's pretty sad. I'm sure a talented group of developers like themselves will find a nice job elsewhere.

Louis_Armstrong
Louis_Armstrong

That sucks for those people, they weren't even notified until they saw those guard in the studio.

abelmaestro
abelmaestro

Hmm guess that things are not quite well around here...

AsuraDeath
AsuraDeath

All there games were crap anyways. Hopefully they can get jobs in the industry again but can manage to avoid making games that cater to the lowest common denominator.

umbrae
umbrae

UntoldDreams: Xbox 1 is not dead. Right now there are more games coming out on XBOX 1 than the 360. Personally, I wish I didn't sell my xbox 1, then I could play POP: Two Thrones and DAH2. :(

jazilla
jazilla

letting gamers post about people being fired seems a little odd. All of you that lost your jobs have my condolences.

Benelli_M3
Benelli_M3

These guys never were really game developers all they ever did was port the PS2 versions of these games to the xbox. Any one can do that so they werent really an important part of the rockstar team. And to the douchebag Sithlord234 who was happy about rockstar dieing, why? Rockstar makes some of the best console games onhe market and if you actually don't like any of the GTA games then you are a retard. Plus this probably means that they won't need a studio to port PS2 games to xbox games becuase they will probably just realease the games for both systems at the same time.

marc_man3001
marc_man3001

Ouch best of luck to these guys...im sure theyll jump back in tha game soon enough though

mackmantcp
mackmantcp

VFG: First, R* hasn't pulled out of San Diego. Second, Vienna is in Austria, not Australia. Brilliant.

137
137

weaksauce.

neo_Software
neo_Software

Actually, the studio was founded in 1993, not 1983. And it became part of Rockstar Games in 2003, not 1993. Also, it's Austria, not Australia...

VFG
VFG

So? When they pulled out of San Diego it didn't make any headlines, why should it when it's in Australia?

UntoldDreams
UntoldDreams

I get it... Don't you see? They were mostly Xbox 1 developers which is why they were toasted. Since M$ gave the big die-die-die to their Xbox 1 Scene... The game companies now only do 360 / Wii / PS2 / PS3 stuff... I guess they weren't "valuable enough" to upgrade into 360 developers... Strange, why aren't more Xbox 1 people upset about what happened to the Xbox 1 scene? Did everyone pirate games for the Xbox 1 which is why they aren't upset?

iamleon
iamleon

To Lauryn2000: EA ? >:-)

Lauryn2000
Lauryn2000

Oh snap! Worst thing is when you don't see it coming......layoffs. Rockstar probably going to be sold to someone....wonder who???

Box29
Box29

That is a huge shame. The Max Payne series started the whole bullet-time bonanza and did it the best. It also had one of the most unique storylines in a shooter to date. So the people behind Max Payne 2 and the xbox versions of Max Payne and GTA are now out of jobs... sucks.... RIP Rockstar Vienna

BloodMist
BloodMist

Why would they close em?Weird.

Sithlord234
Sithlord234

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i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

that really sucks, theyve made some great games

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

That's just one of the many risks in the video game business.

mabbasc
mabbasc

Don't worry, they'll end up in Calfornia working for some developer

Gamewizard91
Gamewizard91

Thats horrible. I hope those people can find a good job soon.

bossjimbob
bossjimbob

What a shame. Best of luck to the displaced. Get back in the game soon.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Sweet not really that is sad. I hope they can find a new job soon maybe even start there own gaming company.