Zoo Tycoon shop cuts entire dev staff - Report

Massachusetts-based Blue Fang reportedly letting "around 15" development personnel go, as company looks for new work.

In the past two days alone, Red Fly has laid off 30 employees and Disney revealed plans to shutter Split/Second shop Black Rock. The layoff news continues today, with Zoo Tycoon developer Blue Fang reportedly the latest studio making cuts.

Layoffs have bitten Blue Fang.

According to a source speaking with industry site Gamasutra, Waltham, Mass.-based Blue Fang is cutting its entire development staff, which amounts to 15 employees. In addition to Zoo Tycoon and its sequel for the PC, Blue Fang created Facebook games Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?

As for the future of Blue Fang, according to the source, the shop is actively looking for new work, but that is seen as "unlikely," as "all laid off developers have been told it is more prudent to find new positions." As of press time, Blue Fang has not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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Discussion

41 comments
monnie101
monnie101

That is very sad. :( I didn't even know they were in MA and that's where I live! Goodluck to the devs. Zoo Tycoon was a fun game!

Themage
Themage

This sucks Zoo Tycoon was a fun game. I am currently unemployed, going on my 4th year in the media,film & game industry. love stories like this it keeps me motivated...:-

IonBlaster4
IonBlaster4

@Dynamo11, is there a problem with playing Halo on PC? Yep, no thinking there!

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

So if they are cutting their entire development staff I guess the only thing they have left is maintaining their Facebook games?

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

@IonBlaster4 *has Master Chief as his avatar* yep no hypocrisy there!

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

first no Age of Mythology 2 now no Zoo Tycon 2 :(

IonBlaster4
IonBlaster4

I blame all this crap happening on consoles and pirating. Look what you guys did.

Steakface
Steakface

E-i-N-e: LOL, because that was just sooo long ago...

keybladegamer
keybladegamer

I loved zoo tycoon 2, I spent lots of hours watching the grizzly bears escape from their habitat and chase after the zoo visitors. I feel sad to see the devs behind it laid off.

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

Zoo Tycoon is one of my favorite games of all time. I played it all the time when I was a kid, and I still play it once in awhile. Sad to see the company behind it is facing tough times. Hopefully they won't become the next Ensemble Studios.

MN121MN
MN121MN

Black Rock deserved it... Though Split/Second was a great game (in the beginning), once you begin to get to the middle, everything's dull (just the same routine)....

BlackSquare
BlackSquare

You know they won't be reopening in MA if they do.

mosamania
mosamania

the best part of zoo tycoon was the baby pandas :(

Xroalia
Xroalia

Aw bummer, I really like Zoo Tycoon. I dunno how many ours I spent playing the first one, loved it.

DuaneDog
DuaneDog

I expect if you look at the job ads in India there is a good chance you will find some help wanted ads for some game developers with experience to work on PC games for an amazing rate of $9 an hour!!!! You want to find a 'new position' in programming over the next 15-20 years... move to India!

Entropy730
Entropy730

wow they're in waltham? i had no idea they were in mass. that's like 15 minutes away from me! the next town over there's Rockstar Games and before it went out of business, Stainless Steel Studios was also a 10-20 minute drive

fzd88
fzd88

It's not as simple as "bad economy." These type of experienced studios can easily be picked up during a fire sale by companies such as Zynga. It could be a way to re-structure the company by shedding the previous baggage. Don't be surprised if these guys form a few studio in a few month with secured investments.

999realthings
999realthings

Damn, I love the Zoo Tycoon games and hope they make a new one. Shame that's not gonna come true now

Trixxstrr
Trixxstrr

My wife kept asking me if a new Zoo Tycoon game was coming out.

twistedface12
twistedface12

Zoo tycoon one of the best games in history of gaming

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

I really liked Zoo Tycoon 2 and ALL it's expansions. And I hoped for a Zoo Tycoon 3 to come sooner or later. :( Oh well.

sim_dude
sim_dude

Zoo Tycoon 2 is one of my favourite games. I loved the Endangered, African and Marine add-ons, but I hated the last one with the dinosaurs. That was just trippin'!

E-i-N-e
E-i-N-e

That sucks. I remember playing this game when I was a kid, good times.

Agent-M
Agent-M

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Agent-M
Agent-M

So many small companies are cutting back employees these past few years. As someone who wants a future in the gaming world and will even be majoring in game development next fall, I fear how bleak the job market for game dev's etc. will be if it continues down this slippery slope. I hope to see a quick turn around in the gaming market. I wish to see new life in the gaming field in the form of new companies as well as the expansion and development of current and new companies alike. Long live the Gaming Revolution.

Kingsekar
Kingsekar

I was expecting zoo tycoon 3 but i think it is in doubt with all these problems

cornerback3
cornerback3

But Zoo Tycoon is such a fun game...

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Of course they laid them off- because they programmed intelligent games! Publishers only want dumb games now - thinking that means everybody will buy them, and, of course, we won't!

firedrakes
firedrakes

its funny how many dev know how to run a business.... none do. i am sorry but saying we only make video games is like shooting yourself in the foot. it makes no sense.

DarthSithari
DarthSithari

You have got to be kidding me. Who's idea was all this anyway!?

smerlus
smerlus

Red Fly, Black Rock, Blue Fang....doesn't pay to work at companies with colors in their name anymore.

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

Nooo, instead they should make Zoo Tycoon 3 and make it more challenging, the first zoo tycoon was hard imo. While Zoo Tycoon 2, while it looked nice and some of the animals looked real cute, it was just too easy.

vadicta
vadicta

What they need to do is, instead of cutting studios, they should merge them. Prison-Zoo Tycoon anyone?

LaytonsCat
LaytonsCat

Zoo Tycoon was one of my favorite games ever

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001011000101101

I liked the first one, Even though I only played it once at a friends house. Letting out the tigers was fun.

kris9031998
kris9031998

Eh, Zoo tycoon wasnt too good.......but its somewhat sad to see them go....