Wisconsin developer of Singularity, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance reportedly sees payroll trimmed by around 20.
Activision has confirmed that its Madison, Wisconsin-based studio Raven has been hit by job cuts. According to a corporate spokesperson, roughly 20 people have been laid off from the studio following the release of its time-bending shooter Singularity this summer.
"With the recent completion of Singularity, Raven Software is realigning its workforce to better reflect the studio's upcoming slate," a corporate spokesperson told GameSpot.
Raven had been rumored to be working on DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops, the reportedly preorder-record-breaking game from another internal Activision studio, Treyarch. The layoffs come just over one year after Activision laid off nearly three dozen developers from Raven after it completed work on another shooter, Wolfenstein.
In Singularity, gamers play as Nate, an air force pilot who, in the early parts of the game, is scrambled to investigate some strange happenings on an island off the coast of Russia. After Nate's plane crashes, he discovers a mysterious time-manipulation device and must use it to unlock the mysteries of the island while staying alive in the process. Oddly enough, the device also effects time-traveling complications where the game bounces between 2010 and 1950.
For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Singularity.
Maybe if they developed relevant games, this wouldn't have happened. The fired people should go to Respawn Entertainment lol
@N0Tyr yeah, i know, what i meant to say is that Activision has arguably the biggest franchise in video games + wow, starcraft, deal with Bungie, so laying off half of Raven's staff in the last year- WTF. It seems to me that Raven could soon be relegated to an auxiliary studio, commissioned to do movie tie-ins and dlc, or even be absorbed, which is a shame.
Guys, most likely Kotick had nothing to do with this, this was probably the decision of the little people that work under him. Activision is one of, if not the best and most successful gaming companies there is....Have a little faith in them, they know what there doing. There just saving there shareholders some money by throwing out the slackers.
Sad to hear. They developed of some of my favorite games...Quake 4, Jedi Outcast, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
not smart to lay off your people after a project... i dunno why companies do that... who needs extra staff for a shooter anyways? oh well, hoprfully raven will remain open for many years to come...
@ mrDeviousArrows The costs of those billboards are like chump change to Kotick. If the guy would just shut his mouth for like a minute and he would have earned Raven's staff salary back in a heartbeat.
thats what happens when you focus too much on consoles, there just isnt much room for devs like raven on the consoles.
That's too bad. Being from Wisconsin (and attending the University of, which is also in Madison) I've always rooted for Raven. It's really too bad Singularity wasn't a bigger hit, and I think it would've been had it not taken so long to come out. Of course, it probably would have been a worse game, so it's sort of a catch-22. Too bad though; I always thought they were an innovative dev in the sci-fi/fantasy shooter genre.
I actually feel sorry for Raven. Quake 4 happens to have one of my favorite single-player fps campaigns on the PC. I also wanted to give Singularity a shot, however, it's published by Activision. Unfortunately for Raven, I boycott Activision by not buying any products published by them, and will continue to do so until they change for the better.
I can understand this. I mean Activision had find a way to pay for those Billboards in Times Square-- thanks, Raven!
Raven are a great dev, this is a shame. Singularity could have been a big hit if it had got the right kind of promotion. You know the kind that the biggest game publisher in the world is meant to do. Similar to the kind of excessive hype a certain other first person shooter franchise gets... But its OK because there is one thing that gamers love more than playing games crafted with dedication and soul, is making fat cats some hard earned dolla'
I'm very sorry to hear about these layoffs. Raven has created some really great titles, including some of my personal favorites, "Jedi Outcast" and "Jedi Academy" and "Soldier of Fortune."
wow... no surprises for it's previous games specially wolfenstein which was truly an insult to the hole series but, Singularity is actually a very great old school FPS with a lot of interesting ideas, frankly i enjoyed it a lot more than Bioshock 2; as everyone mentioned below it's all Activision's fault. there were some days that i actually liked Activision a lot more than EA but with the past few years specially the recent events looks like it's even worse than EA!
They probably hired the 20 to get the game out the door, then fired them. Why not have another project ready for Raven to move onto? Just means Acti can make more of a profit from the game to off-set the losses incurred from Raven's previous relatively poor sales
Wow what is with all the layoffs in the developing companies and it's bad enough that the unemployment is high where I live but MAN this is crazy
It's just Activision weeding out all the slackers, all big companies do this all the time....hire a bunch to get a job done, then when it's finished keep the good, and lose the bad....it's just good business strategy.
I enjoyed Wolfenstein and Jedi Knight II is one of my favourite games, but Quake 4 was a bit dumb and Singularity was so derivative, however I do like Raven and I hope that this wont be followed by something worse.
Nothing special here. Studios these days seem to do this all the time. Release a couple games, cut staff... either make enough sales to rehire people, go under, or put the few left on extreme stress to produced another game. If that game is successful, rehire people. I feel bad for anyone in the game industry. They have 0 job security.
Quake 4,Wolfenstein and Singularity are big disappoint.I miss Jedi Knight 2 and Star Trek Elite Force.
Singularity looks like a good game, I haven't got round to that among many others of late.... and I won't be getting round to it any time soon with FO New Vegas and a baby on the way.
well its a shame that Singularity received no advertising at all, if it had maybe it would of sold a decent amount of copies, instead of virtually none, cause its a pretty good game
so thats how activision treats their devs... if the game they make doesnt sell 2 million copies people get fired. >_>
This may not have been necessary if Activision actually advertised Singularity enough to get it some better sales. It's too bad that Raven is owned by Activision, they've released some really cool games in the past.
NO!! Not Raven! I want more X-Men Legends and Ultimate Alliance games, not generic shooters I've already played a gajillion times!
Singularity did a lot of things right. Hopefully people let go from the team find good jobs elsewhere.
Now it's more than obvious that Activision are really killing Raven...Run,while you still can,Raven!
Evil Actimiktion ...... wonder whar will happen to Bungie ? 50 job cuts??? Too bad for the people that lost their jobs .... theres nothing like "Good job on x game ..... now you are fired" ... while Kotick still lingers .... miss the days of Jack Thompson , at least that dumb *** never did any damage....
I wish they could make another JK game... I know that isn't going to happen... but one would only hope.
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