WB Games Seattle cuts staff

Warner Bros. confirms cuts to outfit behind Lord of the Rings Guardians of Middle-earth and Gotham City Impostors.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has instituted the third round of layoffs to its Pacific Northwest studios in as many years. Today the publisher confirmed that cuts were made to its WB Games Seattle operation.

WB Games Seattle released Gotham City Impostors in February.

"Due to shifting business imperatives, WB Games Seattle has made staff reductions," a representative told GameSpot. "The group will continue to remain an integral part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment."

The most recently released project from WB Games Seattle was Gotham City Impostors, a downloadable Batman-themed team-based first-person shooter for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The publisher's Seattle developers are also working on Guardians of Middle-earth, a Lord of the Rings-licensed multiplayer online battle arena game set for release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this fall.

In early 2010, WBIE cut 25 staffers from its Seattle-area studios, including Surreal Software, Monolith Productions, and Snowblind Entertainment. Last year, WBIE laid off 60 employees from WB Games Seattle the same week Snowblind shipped Lord of the Rings: War in the North. The extent of the latest round of cuts is unknown.

Discussion

44 comments
Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

If only Monolith didnt get bought by WB. Let Monolith make NOLF3 already.

samantha_sneez
samantha_sneez

Brendan, this is a shame. I was really looking forward to playing Gotham City Imposters. I was going to play as Catwoman. Why do all the good game designers get axed? Brendan, you are truly the bearer of bad news, hun.

shyamorama2
shyamorama2

damit why all the game company go with same phase. by seeing the middle earth trailer its more likely to be LOL, dota, smith style games i play lol and dota but another game with the same concept that sucks developers needs to think and innovate things. They are just recreating the same concept. what they think is if they make a clone they can make profit. they put all the investment staffing and everything in it. If it fails then the guys who put there hard work they loose there jobs. they call it as layoff. stupid concept game company need to think before investing .  How long we people can accept the same clone version.

loopy_101
loopy_101

This game's biggest problem is GFWL. Hands down. If you were one of the few unlucky people to own the game outside of Steam then you'd know how excruciating it was to install the patch that came out not too long ago. Why Warner didn't offer an outside link to download the update is beyond me.

TheBigKabosh
TheBigKabosh

More people need to play Gotham City Impostors on PC! GFWL has patched a bunch of it's BS. Still not perfect, but usable none the less. Hell, I've had more problems with BF3/Origin than with it. And if you ever hear someone say GCI is a COD rip off, they haven't played either a COD or GCI, or/and are full of shhh.

theslovakian38
theslovakian38

i hate warner bros... THEY CANCELLED THIS IS VEGAS!!!!!! i guess they really hate their seattle studios. i hope WB fails soon...

TheEveryMan
TheEveryMan

You've got to be kidding me, Monolith Productions is one of Warner Bros best studios, alongside Rocksteady, Netherealm & TT Games. They should layoff a lot of staff at Snowblind, after War In The North, they should get some punishment for that less than quality game.

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

good, maybe next time they'll think twice before using G4WL on their games

fanaticsm
fanaticsm

noooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! Gotham City Imposters is such an awesome game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BionicBrando
BionicBrando

Can someone please exlain to me WHO THE HECK THOUGHT BATMAN NEEDED AND FPS MULTIPLAYER SHOOTER!??! Its like turning Angry birds into fruit snacks and t-shirts... Oh wait.....

GamerDad420
GamerDad420

Waited for the price drop on GCI but love every mineut of it sad to hear lay off in my home town (Seattle) but thats what  you gotta do to survive in this economy. Thank you WB games for making some kick ass titles 

rudyv30
rudyv30

I really liked Gotham City Impostors, very fun take on the Batman universe. I was there since the beta for it. However I stopped playing it when they launched their Steampunk weapons and gear which I believe broke the game. Poster child for how pay to win can destroy your game.

Oleg_Huzwog
Oleg_Huzwog

Well, yeah.  That's how it's supposed to work.  When the workload increases, you hire.  When the workload decreases, you lay off.  That's how every business in every industry operates.

 

When the game is finished, you reduce headcount.  When it's time to start developing another one, headcount gets increased.

SecularSage
SecularSage

Yeah, these must be lean times for WB, considering how hard their latest blockbuster film is bombing... /sarcasm

 

Perhaps if they spent more time optimizing these games for the communities playing them, games like Gotham City Impostors would be more top-tier.I think the PS3 version is probably the best one since the community of players is strong (thanks to PS+ giving it away for free). The PC version is turning into a ghost town, though, because the game doesn't play well and isn't as impressive as some of the free-to-play options out there.

dawil123
dawil123

pity. gotham city impostors really wasnt a bad game , sad noone plays it now

lamprey263
lamprey263

sad, I wish they'd of kept making FEAR or Condemned games, I loved Monolith games like Tron 2.0, Alien vs Predator 2, again the FEAR and Condemned games that Monolith produced... yeah, sad, I wish WBIE had them making the kinds of games they were good at making instead of having them take on these other projects

Cantido
Cantido

At least they're not milking Bastion into oblivion

Poodger
Poodger

I would be interested in Guardians of Middle Earth if it weren't console-only.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Let's hope Guardians Of middle Earth is freaking amazing [holds breath] but Gotham City Impostors sucks, as far as character design I would have liked a fully customizable character, not pre set characters at certain levels...freaking lame. I also would have liked choosing my alliance from the beginning and sticking with them, I hate team crap where I'm always switching sides....I don't want to play reds, I wat freaking blues....I don't want top join the villains, I want to join the Batmen [and women :) ] even if this game had all that it's just a generic shooter at it's core and a far cry of what Monolith is capable of....

 

scoobdog02
scoobdog02

GCI is a really fun shooter, and as for lag, only on bad weather days for me. Ya'lls internet must SUCK. >:D

EllieStranger
EllieStranger

Being free for PS Plus users I am able to experience the game without having to pay for it. Feels good man. It's a decent game it's just I'm not sure if it's worthy of being purchased like a lot of games.

yuunnnnna
yuunnnnna

Gotham imposters sucked. Cookie cutter FPS with bad connectivity. 

fredwv
fredwv

staff reductions? Their punishment must be more severe.

Doom64
Doom64

I hope Monolith doesn't die before they get a chance to release another Sequel to Blood.

Dante0611
Dante0611

gotham city impostors could had been a cool fresh and fun IP to kill time with BUT.....wait for it ...wait for it....TATA "games for windows live" ruined the matchmaking and pvp rendering the game pretty much useless, lesson of the day please dont use it and comit financial suicide gaming companies we want to support you but we cant buy broken games.

SolidTy
SolidTy

It's a tight economy, but I'm proud WB is making games. This is better than them shunting their games division altogether.

shinspikes
shinspikes

Oh no, I tried to support my local devs like monolith here in Seattle, but more bad news just keeps coming.  Even my neighbors in Vancouver just got hit again.  This sucks.

jmc88888
jmc88888

 @BionicBrando The game is quite fun.  Great atmosphere, fun gadgets and weapons and stuff.  Using a grappling hook around a map is pretty fun.  Seeing a big fat guy dive bomb you is pretty hilarious too.

 

GCI is better than alot of other FPS out there.  Not the best by any means.  But it holds its own very well.  It's better than basically any movie game by far.

koospetoors
koospetoors

@BionicBrando

Maybe because this isn't even a Batman game?

 

The concept is pretty cool and it definitely worked out quite well for an online shooter. The game's not the best ever but a lot of fun to play.

jmc88888
jmc88888

 @GamerDad420 Not really.  The economic crisis is fraud.  The fraud hasn't stopped.  The fraud is risking everyone's deposits, because of the repealed law congress allowed. 

 

Surviving in the downturn is going to take a much bigger scope that merely firing workers.  It's Glass-Steagall or most businesses will go under, NO MATTER the industry/field/service. 

 

Everyone betting on a recovery is a fool.  There will be none until many events happen.  The first of which is Glass-Steagall.

 

But yeah, I agree GCI was a great game and it's sad to see the fraudulent economy once again claim another victim.

TheBigKabosh
TheBigKabosh

 @Oleg_Huzwog Don't expect for most people here to understand a word you said. It's just easier for them to say it's "greed/fraud".

koospetoors
koospetoors

 @dawil123 I wish I could play it, I've been spending the past few months trying to actually pick up a single soul through matchmaking.

 

Ugh, I wish there was a server browser.

JoKeR_421
JoKeR_421

 @dawil123 

i dont know about no one playin it, cuz i sure as hell have no issues finding full games at all. a lot of ppl play it, even in weekdays, days u dont expect . might not have call of duty community but there is enough ppl on it daily playin the game

devilmaycry27
devilmaycry27

 @dawil123 people do play imposters well on the ps3 anyway every time i load up the game there be a lot of other players

TheBigKabosh
TheBigKabosh

 @MJ12-Conspiracy What the hell are you talking about? You DO have fully customizable characters... another dunce that played the game for 2 hours and decided he didn't like it. Also if they let people chose one alliance and make them stick to it what do you think would happen? Everyone would be a joker and we wouldn't be able to start a game with 1 bat and 6 jokers. And F that, I wanna be able to play as both. And how is it generic? By that you are saying that most big name FPS out right now have grappling hooks, super jump boots, jet packs, gliders, roller skates, support buffs, balance of body type/weapons, ninja stars, batarang, invisibility drinks, bear traps, a bird that attacks your face, and the deep character customization this game offers? Seriously have you even played the game?

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

 @yuunnnnna Cookie cutter for sure. I have had some fun with it. However, the lag was brutal.

Bad_Gamers83
Bad_Gamers83

 @Dante0611 There are other ways around that.  Get it for PSN or XBL, for example.  Sure you'll be committing "PC Gamer sacrilidge" by playing a shooter on a console, but beggars can't be choosers now.

TheBigKabosh
TheBigKabosh

 @koospetoors Also  try opening your ports and allow the game and GFWL through your windows firewall.

fanaticsm
fanaticsm

 @koospetoors the trick is u enter into a match making lobby and wait for 30 seconds....if it doesnt connect u exit the lobby and then enter again.......do this 3-4 times and u will connect to a match.....the match making sucks in this game but thats how it works for me.....