Ubisoft trims Ghost Recon dev by 38

Publisher enacts "realignment of production priorities" at Tom Clancy-founded Red Storm Entertainment; devs offered jobs in other in-house studios.

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Layoffs have rumbled through Rockstar Games, Sony Online Entertainment, Firaxis, and Realtime Worlds this summer, but today another studio joins the loss movement. GameSpot has learned that Red Storm Entertainment, a Ubisoft-owned development studio famous for creating tactical shooters Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon, has shed 38 staffers.

A Ubisoft representative told GameSpot that it "has announced to employees at its Red Storm studio that a realignment of production priorities at the studio will result in the layoff of 38 people." The Raleigh, North Carolina-based developer is most recently known for its work on the Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter series. However, the studio has been and will continue to be associated with the multiplayer component of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.

Despite a reduced headcount, Red Storm remains committed to Future Soldier's multiplayer.

"Red Storm remains an integral part of Ubisoft’s worldwide production team and will continue to work on the multiplayer component of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier," continues the statement.

And while layoffs often leave the recently let-go looking for work outside their past employer, such is not the case with the 38 now-former Red Storm employees.

"These team members have the opportunity to consider positions in other Ubisoft studios," reads a line from the statement.

Red Storm Entertainment was founded in 1996 by best-selling author Tom Clancy (Rainbow Six, Dead or Alive) and Navy veteran Doug Littlejohns. Red Storm Entertainment gained its first taste of success in 1998 with Rainbow Six, a tactical shooter for the PC based on Clancy's novel of the same name.

The studio also created the Ghost Recon series, though franchise development has shifted to other studios throughout its history. Red Storm Entertainment's most recent development effort was 2007's America's Army: True Soldiers and Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2.

Discussion

45 comments
Fz1994
Fz1994

sad...But its how life goes....I hope they find a job soon...

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

part of life in these hard times... sad but true...

anthonycg
anthonycg

You go through the grind of actually being good enough to get these jobs and then get laid off for something you had no control over. I hope these guys can get back in the business.

dubvt
dubvt

Used too love Red Storm Ent, Clancy should've never sold it off. The original Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six where the best, seem's like Ubi took the franchise downhill to the gutter. Oh well guess us old timers can still remember the good old days of good tactical games.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

that's nice that they're given the chance to go to another studio and still guaranteed a job if they so want it in the company

PANIC99
PANIC99

Well at least they are helpnig them work in other studios. It why UbiSoft produces some of the best content

SirMordredX
SirMordredX

I hope these guys all form a team, and make a game so great that Ubisoft grits their teeth. Not that I don't understand the priorities of a publisher, but I'm so down that these guys have to go through all this crap. Let's hope they get even better places in other teams somewhere else.

BunSnatcher0001
BunSnatcher0001

i hope this wont screw up the game or make the date get pushed back any farther. i want this game soooo badly

johny300
johny300

Sad news still the game is going to be great.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

This must mean they have completed the Job and now need to get ride of their staff.

FireFox67
FireFox67

@SoetSout: agree, I loved Rainbowsix Vegas 2, and I've been waiting for a sequel or a new entry on Rainbowsix series for a lot of time

SoetSout
SoetSout

i dont like ghost recon at all, so im happy the series might end. but rainbow six was just starting to get promising...

gbrading
gbrading moderator

I wonder how much this is going to affect the development of their upcoming games.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@ Aaron__1127 No the reason splintercell didn't do very well is because it went from being a great stealth game to a mindless 3rd person shooter while it wasn't a bad game it wasn't what most would call a splintercell game

Aaron__1127
Aaron__1127

the reason splinter cell wasn't as good as it could have been is because they took to long to release the game which made the engine dated... i hope they don't make the same mistake with this game

Noformation
Noformation

I didnt know it was going to be released on every damn console out there.. This might be a lemon.

maybock3000
maybock3000

I have to say, I also would rather be anticipating a new R6 game. I always thought these were funner. But they have to start from scratch and take the setting out of Vegas ( and don't you dare go into Iraq or anywhere in the Mideast--sick of that!). A New York, D.C., and maybe a trip into Moscow would be a killer idea. I love R6 Vegas, but didn't really like the 2nd one as much. So I hope they start over and soon!

nurjra
nurjra

the only good ubisoft game i have ever played was Assassin's Creed ll

supernaught360
supernaught360

If they laid off 38 members of the Ghost Recon dev team, I think it's safe to say Ubi Soft doesn't have much faith in the product - otherwise they'd be diverting employees TO the project, not letting them go. They just had a mediocre Splinter Cell game - what exactly is Ubi Softs money-maker these days? Assassins Creed?

KlepticGrooves
KlepticGrooves

People have to remember that Ubisoft are a business, they need to stay afloat. If they need to shuffle around their staff in order to level costs then so be it. At least the workers have a chance of working elsewhere rather than just being fired.

GR1FF1N123
GR1FF1N123

@Spitz6860 I agree completely that would totally suck. I assume they would've had at least some knowledge weeks prior to the event though

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

While I can think of PLENTY of reasons to bash Ubisoft, this isn't one thing I'll begrudge them over. Even if the laid-off workers get jobs that pay less, they're at least still employed.

DrMatta
DrMatta

@mjc0961 You took the words right out of my mouth.

Spitz6860
Spitz6860

this is crazy, hey i'm sorry you are fired here but we have a position somewhere in France you wanna give it try?

Pete5506
Pete5506

The game looks great, its to bad the beta never happen this summer

jollybest1
jollybest1

rainbow six rogue spear was the best as well as the first ghost recon and the sum of all fears (not to many people know about this game)

VR_Verdugo
VR_Verdugo

It's too bad about their jobs. On another note, I feel that the original Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon had a certain depth that the new ones are lacking. I was hoping they would bring back that tactical gameplay we experienced in the first few titles but they seem inclined to keep making arcade shooters. Why destroy the thing that set them apart from the crowd? I enjoy arcade shooters as well but they are a dime a dozen.

AIRWALKTDK666
AIRWALKTDK666

lol i liked the vegas games, as cjasko94 said, "terrorist hunt FTW" ! def picking furure soldier up

xxxxTRISTAMxxxx
xxxxTRISTAMxxxx

Sad to hear. It would nice if we could have some information about another R6, but not vegas...anything, but vegas.

cjasko94
cjasko94

Yeah, where's a new Rainbow Six game? The Vegas series had awesome coop. Terrorist Hunt FTW ^^ :D

ahpuck
ahpuck

I haven't played a ghost recon game since summit strike for the original xbox, that was one fun game. I think I'll be skipping this one, too.

5TeN
5TeN

That sucks, but I guess when your losing teachers and other necessary personnel, its definitely gonna hit the video game industry

SouthArmagh777
SouthArmagh777

That is too bad to hear. I wish they would have diverted them to work on a new Rainbow Six game since it has been what...2 or 3 years since the last one with no news whatsoever on a new one? Vegas style or old style, I don't care I just want a new Rainbow Six game....

ckynick254
ckynick254

i would like to know when i get the beta

maybock3000
maybock3000

I think Ubisoft probably sees that they aren't going to make a whole lot of money with this game. How can they compete with COD and Halo..... oh and Crysis 2 when it hits PS3 and 360. They can't. They know this. This could be a good game, but not nearly as engaging or addicting as the other 3. I think they are cutting their losses sooner for the better. I have know doubt this game will be good, but it will be forgotten within 2-3 months.......

cynicalundead
cynicalundead

Sad news, but I still think this game is gonna be awesome.

murray_mchs
murray_mchs

Those 38 guys were probably janitors anyway. Besides, we need another Rainbow Six (like Rogue Spear or Raven Shield, not another Vegas clone). What do you think Red Storm? Hmm?

Martyr_of_Wrath
Martyr_of_Wrath

I wish they wouldnt keep pushing Ghost Recon back though. the release date has been pushed back twice since the initial release, spanning a whole year, and its really starting to piss me off. And if they just laid off 38 people working on the Ghost Recon, that means its probably going to be pushed back again...

Rummy500
Rummy500

Oh they maybe could have waited till the game came out. Unless these 38 were doing REALLY poorly. But I worry that the quality of the game might be affected by this. Now all the other folks that are there have a mindset of "will it be me next?" maybe not. Still worries me a bit. P.S. Want new Rainbow Six: game, please.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Ahh, poor Ghost Recon, always been a second rate wannabe series since it mimicked Rainbow Six games, and that was back when they made REAL Rainbow Six games, ages ago.

mhasouna
mhasouna

i like this game, i think it is great...

P8rt
P8rt

I've been holding out hope that they had another project in the works besides FFS.Woe is me I guess.Woe.Hopefully they find work soon.Preferably back at Red Storm making a title more to my liking.A consumer can dream,can't he?

dre256x
dre256x

Sad, but i guess those 38 weren't really needed, as most games that are produced are over staffed anyway...