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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.


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.
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.

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